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INDEPENDENCE, Ky. - Police are crediting tips from a Facebook post for helping catch an alleged serial burglar in Kenton County.

"It really helped us get some tips quickly," said Kenton County Police Detective Andrew Schierberg.

Police first posted the suspect's picture on Facebook after a burglary in southern Kenton County Monday afternoon.

They got the picture from the victim's personal surveillance system.

"We had really high quality surveillance video and that helps. We don't get that in a lot of cases, especially a residential burglary," said Schierberg.

The homeowner in Monday's burglary installed the surveillance system after he was the victim of a burglary two years ago. Police say personal surveillance systems are very effective and becoming more common.

"An alarm is great, but a lot of times without a picture you just don't have anything to go by, and I learned that the hard way two years ago," said victim Cleaton Larison.

Once the suspect's photo was published on Facebook tips started rolling in. Many of the tipsters identified the suspect as 21-year-old Matthew Byrd.

Police arrested Byrd at his mother's Independence home Tuesday.

"We're tired of it and everybody out here is tired of it, and I think if you look at Facebook or any place else last night, a lot of people are fed up with it," said Larison.

Byrd is charged with two counts of burglary. Police say more charges from other departments are expected.

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