Is the Gazette’s Pat Hickey a better detective than members of the Philadelphia police force? 

Apparently so. 

Hickey found out who vandalized his parked car after game one of the Canadiens/Flyers series where the local constabulary couldn’t or wouldn’t.  The person who caused what Hickey estimates is a thousand dollars damage to his Honda Accord,  went from fool to idiot by bragging about his exploit on the web.  The incident triggered debate as to the type of fan that attaches themselves to the Flyers in Philadelphia.  

The Philadelphia Inquirer followed up on the story early today. 

 ( Inquirer story below followed by Philadelpia Daily News update with links to full reports)

“Hickey said he found the culprit on Facebook – and that the person was displaying the Quebec license plate he stole. Hickey did not identify the culprit but according to Flyers team source, Dan Flannery was the person bragging about damaging Hickey’s car on Facebook. Flannery can be found at www.facebook.com/dan324. (Ed Note: The post has since been taken down)

The writer said he would not press charges – he estimated there was about $1,000 in damages – as long as the man made a public apology and donated $1,000 to a Philadelphia charity.”

Read more: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/sports_breaking/20100520_Montreal_writer_finds_Philly_vandal_on_Facebook.html#ixzz0oV9CfXq1

The Philadelphia Daily News followed up on the story this afternoon.  The man who posted the Facebook photo denied having anything to do with the vandalism.  According to Dan Flannery, he put the photo up because he thought it was “humerous”. 

Flannery, when reached at his job in Bensalem, says he was not involved in vandalizing the Montreal writer’s car. Flannery says he found the photo online and thought it was humorous; he has since taken it down.

“It thought it was funny but now it’s started getting out of control so I said, ‘Wait a minute,'” Flannery said.

Flannery is a Flyers fan but says he was not at the game at the Wachovia Center the night Hickey’s car was vandalized and the Quebec license plate was stolen.

Flannery said a friend alerted him to a news report that linked him to the car vandalizing. “It said they found the person that did it but they really didn’t because it wasn’t me.”

He admitted he posted a photo of Hickey’s license plate on his Facebook page, but said he did not vandalize the car. “I know who did it,” he said. He would not be specific and said he planned to call the police this afternoon.

Flannery said he received a call at work from “a French Canadian who was cursing me out,” and that he wants to clear his name. “They think I did it because the post was linked to me,” he said, “but I didn’t do it.”

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20100520_Montreal_writer_finds_Philly_vandal_on_Facebook.html#ixzz0oVLZUdaa