Inmate in Harnett County tries Snapchat to raise bond money, says ‘free me’

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A Harnett County man turned some heads when he used Snapchat to try and crowdfund money to post bond from a misdemeanor larceny charge.

The “free me” message was posted to the app from inside the Harnett County Detention Center. Sheriff Wayne Coats, who had not seen the video until CBS 17 showed it to him, clarified that Dean Kinton made it from the pre-booking area and not a cell.

A sign outside the detention center said suspects are to be searched for contraband at the door. However, inmates like Kinton are allowed to use their phones so they can make calls to friends and family for help posting bond.

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Officials said this may be the first time an inmate has tried using Snapchat to raise money for bail. A full statement from Coats can be read below.

Kinton and his phone have since been transferred to Wake County, and his bond is $2,500.

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