LAURINBURG — A 55-year-old Laurinburg man was surprised last week when a post on the Facebook page of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department labeled him as being arrested for vandalism.
Gary Wyland, of Leisure Road, said that he was shocked and angry when he saw his face and name posted next to a report that he was arrested Feb. 2 on outstanding warrants for injury to personal property and placed in jail. Wyland had received a criminal summons, a criminal complaint filed against him by another person, but was not arrested.
“It was a data entry mistake made by the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Shep Jones said.
“This was a reporting error on our behalf,” said Antoinette Gibson, Sheriff’s administrative assistant. “In our criminal Internet reporting system, Mr. Gary Wyland was listed to have been arrested on Feb. 2, 2014 for injury to personal property. However, this is incorrect. Mr. Wyland was not arrested but he was served with a criminal summons.”
“He was issued paperwork but did not have to appear before the magistrate,” Gibson said. “The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office offers our sincerest apologies to Mr. Wyland for this reporting error.”
Wyland said that people he knew contacted him about the report and he brushed it off as a joke until he looked it up online.
The sheriff’s department removed the crime report with Wyland’s name from their Facebook page a few hours after it was posted.
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