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SMITH: Catch a thief, Facebook style

To catch a thief, try posting his security-camera portrait on Facebook.

After closing time at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol the other night, somebody ripped off a $10,000 Yamaha music mixing board and two lighting consoles.

As Sebastopol police launched an investigation, Hopmonk staffers did some sleuthing of their own. They posted a couple of photos of the suspect on the tavern's Facebook page and asked if anybody recognizes him.

The Facebook post quickly drew more than 3,600 shares and 280,000 views.

Leads are being worked. Perhaps the thief will pose soon for a mug shot and will learn it's uncool to steal.

Check out the suspect <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hopmonksebastopol?ref=stream">here</a>

THERE'S A TEACHER at Santa Rosa's Steele Lane School, Kristie Merritt, who's a fan of what sports can do for kids.

Merritt brought to the school a basketball league for boys and girls in the fourth through sixth grades. It's a bouncing success, but Merritt wanted to do even more to inspire the kids.

Last Friday, she and some helpers took 47 Steele Lane players on a rare, evening bus trip — to the men and women's basketball games at Sonoma State University.


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