State Police using social media to track down wanted criminals

New York State Police are using social media as a tool, debuting "Warrant Wednesday" on its Facebook page. Each Wednesday, State Police will post "wanted posters" of the most wanted individuals in their jurisdiction, and ask for your help to track them down.

Each post will include a picture of the wanted individual, information about what they're wanted for, and a number to put you in touch with the appropriate state police station. All will appear as part of a photo album on the New York State Police Facebook page.

This week, two Central New York men are featured among the ten depicted in the February 5th photo album.

If you've seen 17-year-old Romello "Mello" Gallman, accused of stealing from a home in Clay last month, or 35-year-old Charles Brasington, accused of stealing $475,000 worth of equipment from Preble - Troopers want to hear from you.

State Police in Oneida say the Town of Clay Court has issued a warrant for Gallman's arrest related to a burglary and robbery reported January 8.

If you recognize his picture and the description, and have any information about where Gallman may be, you're encouraged to call troopers at (315) 638-8200.

Meanwhile, Troopers in Norwich are on the hunt for 35-year-old Charles Brasington. A four-month investigation indicates Brasington rented almost $500,000 worth of heavy machinery from a Preble business, and never returned it. Investigators say he brought it back to where he lives in Guilford and sold some of the items.

The Town of Guilford Court issued a warrant for his arrest in November. As it turns out, Brasington was already out on $80,000 bail for a similar arrest in Bainbridge in 2013.

If you know about Brasington's whereabouts, you're encouraged to reach out to State Police in Norwich at (607) 334-3296.

State Police hope the wanted posters on Facebook will help lead to more arrests. Troopers say they've already seen success with previous wanted postings generating tips from the public.

"The State Police has already seen the benefits of broadening our use of social media," State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said in a statement to CNY Central. "We are expanding on a pilot program that we launched late last year that proved successful in the identification and arrest of several individuals. Expanding this initiative statewide will allow us to take full advantage of social media's widespread reach to a large, diverse audience."

Postings will also be shared on the New York State Police Twitter page.

If you do come across one of these individuals, State Police remind you not to take action on your own.