GALENA - Shawn Michael Orr, 31, of Joplin, Missouri, was sentenced to more than 10 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections following entry of a guilty plea to one count of Robbery in Cherokee County District Court.
In May 2016, Orr entered the Pizza Hut restaurant in Galena, armed with a handgun and wearing a motorcycle helmet to conceal his identity. Surveillance footage from area businesses show Orr fled on a motorcycle to Missouri.
The Galena Police Department, through traditional investigation and utilization of social media, identified Orr as a suspect the same day. The following day, Orr was taken into custody by a Joplin Police Department task force. Orr subsequently confessed to the robbery when interviewed by Galena Police investigators.
“This case is a great example of how social media can be a very effective law enforcement tool, as well as the importance of communication and cooperation between agencies in neighboring states,” said Cherokee County Jake Conard.
According to Conard, Orr is currently serving a prison sentence in Missouri and will be transferred to Kansas next month to begin serving his sentence.