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Sheriff Jones uses social media to talk to criminals

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UPDATE: Andrew Marcum is behind bars:

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is known for thinking outside the box. He has billed the Mexican government for nearly $1 million dollars to deal with undocumented immigrants. He has a tourism video 'welcoming' drug dealers. Now he is using social media to communicate directly  with wanted criminals.

Jones featured wanted criminal Andrew Marcum on the Sheriff's Facebook page in his "Warrant of the Week."

You'll notice in the comment section, Marcum, wanted for burglary, safe cracking, abduction, assault, domestic violence and criminal endangering, was the first to respond. (this Facebook account is consistant with the mug shot picture and bears the name "Andrew Marcum")

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The Sheriff's Office didn't waste anytime, asking Marcum to come in for questioning.

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Then other police departments weighed in.

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Hundreds of responses later, Marcum defended himself again on Facebook, by telling the sheriff's office, "That's my juvenile record so know what you're talking about."

Sheriff Jones got another dig in on his Twitter account.

If you have information on where Marcum is, the Butler County Sheriff's Department would like you to call 513-785-1258. You can also share an anonymous tip here.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.