TOPEKA, Kan. — A court affidavit alleges a Kansas teenager posted a video on social media showing the setting of a blaze that heavily damaged a Topeka mall in December.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a tip to provided the next day to Crime Stoppers led investigators to the video posted on messaging service Snapchat. It led to the arrest of 18-year-old Joel Sink and two other youths. They face charges that include arson tied to the Dec. 29 fire that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage at the former White Lakes Mall in Topeka.
Snapchat is a messaging service in which users send each other texts, photos or videos that are usually scheduled to disappear after a few seconds.