A burglary victim took matters into his own hands to find the thief, but the San Diego County Sheriff's Department was less than thrilled with his crime-fighting words of choice.
In a throwback to the days of the wild west, the man plastered posters all over town showing the burglar's image and stating he was "wanted dead or alive" for breaking into his shed and RV and stealing some $2,700 worth of items, KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reported Wednesday.
Detectives ultimately identified the suspect as Jose Martinez.
They arrested Martinez on theft and burglary related charges, and he is now in jail.
Investigators said that while they appreciate the help from the "enthusiastic victim," the posters weren't the kind of message they want to send.
“We don’t want it out there by any means that we … that this is the way we do business. And we don’t condone that kind of, you know, vigilante justice, if you want to put it that way,” a sheriff’s official said.
The victim told KSWB that he meant no harm by the poster.