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Arson

Arson suspect confesses when confronted with LeadsOnline evidence

"We were investigating a residential house fire and quickly developed a suspect. The house had been burglarized one week prior to the house fire. The suspect was brought in for an interview and denied everything and anything to do with the house burglary and fire. We then ran the suspect thru LeadsOnline and found that he had pawned over 25 items the same day that the house was burglarized. Of course, the items were the same description as the ones reported stolen by the homeowner (dvd player, playstation, dvds etc...). When the suspect was confronted with the indisputable evidence, he confessed to the burglary and arson of the house. Thanks to leads online, TDC has another customer."

Inv. Dustin Deutsch
Harris County Fire Marshall
Texas

Campus Crime

Cases solved on campus moments after joining LeadsOnline

"I just registered on this site and already solved one of my cases. This is a great tool for all police agencies. I would recommend this for any case dealing with serial numbers. 100 thumbs up!"

Sgt. Victor Griffin
University of Alabama - Birmingham
Alabama

University employee arrested for embezzlement of school property

"While searching local stores for a stolen iPad in July 2012, I found that a subject had pawned eight iPads within a few weeks. The subject was found to be an employee of the University and had access to the iPads. The serial numbers were checked through the University's records and found to belong to the University. The property was recovered, an arrest was made, and the subject pled guilty to embezzlement."

Officer Shana Thompson
Eastern Michigan University Police Department
Michigan

University police find stolen property taken out of state

"Northwestern University police were able to locate 6 laptop computers were stolen by a former employee using LeadsOnline. The computers were stolen here in Illinois and subsequently located in three separate pawn shops in northwest Indiana. The location of these laptops ties in a major part of the investigation to where we could upgrade the charges to a higher class of felony."

Sgt. Robert Wiley
Northwestern University Police Department
Illinois

University police department finds stolen musical instruments and electronics

"I got a one month free trial of LeadsOnline and ran all the serial numbers of stolen items over the past year. I found that a stolen digital camera was pawned. After the arrest of the person who pawned the camera, I traced it back to a custodian at the University who had been working in the area of the theft. I then started checking people that I had arrested in the past, including students, staff and people from off campus. As a result I found that a music student had pawned three tubas at different pawn shops over a six month period. When I checked with the Music Department, they discovered they were missing the three tubas. The tubas were valued at $3000.00 each. The tubas were recovered and the student confessed. As a result of the recovery of the camera and $9000 of University property, I was able to get LeadsOnline in our budget.

Thank you for the free one month trial!"

Det. Tony Griemel
University of Missouri at St. Louis Police Department
Missouri

Rice University Police recover $30,000 violin stolen from campus

"Jiyeon Min's $30,000 Raffaello Bozzi violin, along with a pair of $5,000 bows, went missing before her final scheduled performance as a student at the Shepherd School of Music Presidential Concert at Stude Hall. "I left it for a short while in a practice room," recalled Min, who earned her master's degree in music last month. "When I came back, it wasn't in the room. I thought my friends were playing some really evil prank. I couldn't accept the reality of it -- I thought somebody was joking." It was no joke, however. A thief entered Alice Pratt Brown Hall and checked the rooms, taking care to close the blinds as he rifled through students' belongings. "We were sitting on a couch in the practice building when a fellow student walked over and told us his laptop was stolen from his practice room, near ours," Min said. "There were other instruments in the room, but only mine was taken."It was really heartbreaking," she said. Min immediately reported the missing violin to Rice police Officer Otis Carey. Sgt. Gary Spears, one of two department detectives, picked up the case and knew where to look first. "The first thing we did was a pawnshop search," Spears said. "We're members of a computer database program called LeadsOnline, a way to search pawnshop transactions. Pawnshops are required by law to enter their transactions." Rice subscribes to the service, which is free for pawnshops, and the investment has occasionally paid off in the recovery of stolen bicycles and laptop computers, Spears said. "I gave it a whirl and searched for all violins with that brand name pawned in Texas and Louisiana over the weekend," he said. "There was only one, and it was at a pawnshop just down the street on Bissonnet. That was a pretty good clue." The pawnshop got the valuable instrument at a bargain-basement price. "They thought it was worth about $5,000 and they paid him $200 for it. He told them it had belonged to his uncle, who passed away. It was a family heirloom and it was time to get rid of it. It was a decent story." The suspect is known to police for previous thefts, Spears said, and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. Spears recovered the violin May 16, and Min, who had gone home to Atlanta, hopped a plane back to Houston that day. She was delighted enough to treat RUPD to coffee and cake as a thank you. "It was nice to work with somebody who gets excited at the work we do, because we get excited when we have a good case," Spears said. "This, for me, is the highest-priced item I've recovered from a pawnshop. You're getting into the price of cars with a $30,000 violin. It was a big case for us." "They did the best job," said Min, who's happy to have her instrument back in time for a busy season of summer festivals. "I really appreciated it."

Sgt. Gary Spears
Rice University Police Department
Texas

University police emerge from stone ages; solve two year old internal theft case on second day with LeadsOnline

"On the second day on LeadsOnline, we discovered an internal theft problem that had been ongoing for over two years. I have been a police officer, industrial security specialist, licensed private investigator for nearly twenty years. I have solved numerous burglaries, thefts, and scams by utilizing information I could gain from pawn shops and second hand stores. I had to do it during the stone-age when you had to go around to the different agencies and go through stacks and stacks of IBM computer paper printouts searching line by line. This took hours, if not days at times. LeadsOnline is one of the finest tools for law-enforcement that I have had the privilege to use lately. Again, I want to thank you for introducing it to our small university police department."

Sgt. Steve Fomby
Centenary College Police Department
Louisiana

Small law enforcement agency budget eased by using LeadsOnline

"I work for The University of Texas System Police at one of the smaller components. As such we have very limited resources. Beginning in the fall semester we started experiencing a string of thefts, with no suspects or leads. I heard about your service from another agency. The idea seemed better than thumbing through pawn tickets. I signed up for your 30-day free trial. We recently had four musical instruments stolen. I put in the serial number for the first instrument; no success. I put in the serial number for the second instrument; I found a match (I checked three times because I couldn't believe it). Then I found another match. I even found, through the keyword search, the first instrument. (The Music Department had given me an incomplete serial number.) In total, I found 3 out of the 4 instruments for a recovery of $3,000. This one recovery will pay for 3 years service with money left over. Once I had the suspect's name, I found he had pawned 24 instruments in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and all over Texas. Through regular channels I found two outstanding felony warrants from Nebraska and South Carolina. LeadsOnline will surely help recover tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hopefully it will also enhance the penalties for this professional thief. Let me say thanks. If not for the free trial, I would be chasing my tail forever."

Officer Mark Pierce
University of Texas System Police
Texas

$30,000 in stolen musical instruments recovered via LeadsOnline

"During our 30 day trial, over $30,000 (yes, thirty thousand dollars) of stolen musical instruments have been recovered in Texas and Alabama by using LeadsOnline. Not only were we able to recover the instruments – the suspect was linked to other crimes committed in other states. Before LeadsOnline, we would have to request pawnshop information from numerous different state agencies, which made it too time-consuming for our available resources. (That's just checking Oklahoma pawnshops.) With LeadsOnline, we can check pawnshops nationwide in the time it once took to check the 6 pawnshops in Oklahoma City. The minimal cost required for LeadsOnline has more than paid for itself already."

Det. Scott Gibbons
Oklahoma University Police Department
Oklahoma

Musical instruments stolen from University music building; Recovered using LeadsOnline

"The University of Texas Police Department was able to recover approximately $10,000 worth of musical instruments that were taken in a burglary from the music building two weeks earlier. As a result of LeadsOnline, we were able to recover the musical instruments in another city and charge the suspect in this case with burglary. I have also cleared another case in which the same suspect was involved as a result information provided to me through LeadsOnline. Thank you, LeadsOnline, for providing me with one of the best systems for solving property crimes."

Sgt. Donna Maga
Criminal Investigation
University of Texas Police Department
Texas

Locating a wayward defendant

"LeadsOnline assists me in finding suspects that have left the area and are out on bond. I located a defendant on the other end of the state. He had stolen several musical instruments from the University and students. I recovered several of the items in Huntsville and Birmingham. He was selling stolen property to music stores. The defendant was out on bond for robbery from the Huntsville area when he committed the thefts on campus. LeadsOnline shows him pawning stolen jewelry in the Montgomery area. He is a suspect in a robbery in Montgomery."

Sgt. Shawn Giddy
Jacksonville State University Police Department
Alabama

Internal theft

"We were able to find a stolen camcorder, which in turn led to the arrest of a University staff member."

Det. Travis Lively
Texas A&M University Police Department

Crime solving that gets great mileage

"I have been pleased with the LeadsOnline service. I was recently working on a case involving a person who had pawned items in multiple cities. Using LeadsOnline I was able to trace down items pawned in Dallas, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Irving and Ft. Worth without leaving my desk.

This used to take days to follow-up. I have been able to recover several items and with the cooperation of many pawn shop owners we will be bringing the suspect to justice."

Det. Daniel Claxton
Dallas ISD Police Department
Texas

Cyber Crime

Stolen cell phones and iPods recovered on eBay

"I was investigating a case where numerous cell phones and iPods were stolen from a local high school. One of the phones was reported as stolen by the person who purchased it on eBay because of a message on the screen when she received it. I received information from the buyer about the eBay seller and used LeadsOnline to determine who the seller was. I learned he sold seven more items that were also stolen from his school. LeadsOnline saved me numerous hours of work by having the information available at my fingertips."

Det. John Mick
Lower Merion Police Department
Pennsylvania

Speedy customer services helps an Alabama detective track down stolen property

"While investigating numerous thefts, I contacted LeadsOnline because I was unable to run a search through eBay listings to look for stolen property. I use LeasdsOnline on a regular basis; however, I have never conducted a search for user ID info through the eBay search. I emailed LeadsOnline with a question and was contacted almost immediately. The employee explained to me how to get the information I was requesting. I was able to search and pull up all listings for the suspect which included numerous suspected stolen items. I later interviewed the suspect and obtained a confession on how she stole all these items from a local store. I used the listings to verify everything she stole. I was able to recover some of the stolen property and return it to its owner. By using LeadsOnline, I was able to identify numerous other stolen items besides what was originally reported, and then make an arrest."

Det. Darren Wolters
Normal Police Department
Illinois

Employee theft identified with instant access to eBay information for law enforcement

"I recently was assigned to investigate a case where an employee was listing products owned by his employer on eBay. Once the eBay auction was complete, the employee was getting the items off of the employer's shelf and shipping the items to the auction winner, at the employer's cost. The eBay search function greatly sped up the process of checking the seller's history and confirming that around 30 transactions had been completed, and another 70 or so had been attempted. The employee confessed to the activity, but when confronted with the amount of thefts was somewhat surprised at the amount."

Deputy Sheriff Frank Bergmark
Hall County Sheriff's Office
Nebraska

Michigan detectives solve cyber crime in no time with eBay First Responder Service

"Day shift took a report of two-way radios being taken out of 17 trucks over the weekend. A detective was assigned the case and began following up on it. He searched the radios in LeadsOnline, for eBay postings of radios for sale and found a posting for the radios. The detective then drilled down in the records for the seller of the radios. Those records identified a Pontiac woman's eBay account. An interview of the woman produced confession of her involvement in the theft and sale. The case is still being investigated to identify the male involved in the theft with the Pontiac woman."

Lt. Jim McDonnell
Auburn Hills Police Department
Michigan

California detective solves cyber crime in record time

"I used the eBay search tool through LeadsOnline for the first time and instantly received information on a potential suspect who lived in our city. Immediate follow-up was conducted at the suspect's residence and the stolen property, worth approximately $9,000, was recovered from his home! I am thankful for the partnership LeadsOnline has with eBay because without it, I don't think I would have been able to locate this property. Needless to say, the victim was ecstatic to hear his property was recovered in record breaking time!"

Det. Stacy Orchulli
El Cajon Police Department
California

Suspect selling stolen military items identified in no time

"On Monday I was handed a theft case from my Chief of Police. Someone was selling a military item on eBay that was believed to be stolen. I contacted LeadsOnline and spoke with someone on their support team, while on the phone with him, I was able to look up and identify the suspect. Thanks to this search, I was able to identify my suspect and write a search warrant for the suspect's residence. To top it off, I recovered two of the stolen military items, and the suspect was in jail the very next day. LeadsOnline streamlined the investigation process with the eBay First Responder Service."

Det. Bob Hayes
LaVergne Police Department
Tennessee

LeadsOnline reveals cybercrime and shoplifting operation in Minnesota

"I just signed up for my LeadsOnline trial this week. I was looking for information on obtaining user information to an eBay account, and before starting the subpoena process with eBay, I saw the link to try eBay First Responder through LeadsOnline. Looking for a resource that may expedite my investigation, I gave LeadsOnline a try. In no time at all, I received a call from a representative who was very helpful in setting up my account and giving me a quick tutorial on how to use the program. After ending our call, I put the suspect's eBay seller account name into the database and received the information I had planned on not receiving for several weeks had I requested information via a subpoena. Two days later, a neighboring agency and I arranged an undercover meeting with the suspect. The suspect was later arrested after admitting she was selling stolen merchandise. A subsequent search of the suspect's house found many stolen items and revealed the suspect was involved in a large shoplifting operation that involved approximately 12 stores in our area. I'm very appreciative that I found this resource! I know it will be beneficial in the future as well!"

Det. Derek Randall
Cloquet Police Department
Minnesota

First day with LeadsOnline reaps success

"On the first day of using LeadsOnline, another detective in my bureau had a burglary investigation that resulted in the identification of the suspect's eBay account name. I used LeadsOnline to search for the eBay username and located the suspect's information. The eBay information helped identify the suspects in the burglary."

Lead Investigator III Anthony Pelato
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
California

eBay First Responder Service catches boat burglar wanted for nine months

"Our department spent nine months tracking boat burglars up and down the Connecticut shoreline. The suspects had stolen items totaling $40,000 - $50,000 such as expensive GPS devices, laptops and binoculars. We found many of the items listed on eBay, and using LeadsOnline eBay First Responder Service, we were able to contact buyers which allowed us to positively identify the property as stolen. Because of the eBay First Responder Service, we were able to locate stole property across the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Australia. Upon apprehending our main suspect, we found that he had been wanted on warrants since 2009, and because of the evidence provided through LeadsOnline, he confessed to more than 30 boat burglaries. His accomplice was also arrested. Without the valuable information and help I received from LeadsOnline and the staff there, this case could still be open."

Officer Greg Matakaetis
Clinton Police Department
Connecticut

Identity Theft

Florida police solve identity theft case with LeadsOnline

"We had a victim who received a statement from her bank for the cost of a Dell Laptop that she did not purchase. The victim filed a police report for identity theft in which she suspected her neighbor as a possible suspect. The neighbor was interviewed and denied the allegations and/or purchasing a Dell Laptop. A few weeks later I attended a training on LeadsOnline hosted by Anya and Travis. I ran the neighbor on LeadsOnline, and discovered the neighbor sold several items at a local business in our city. One of the items was a Dell Laptop that was the same color and model of the Dell Laptop purchased with the victim's personal information. The neighbor was interviewed again and shown the transaction ticket showing the neighbor sold a Dell Laptop. This time she admitted to the fraudulent use of the victim's personal information, purchasing the Dell Laptop and selling it. She was charged and transported to jail. LeadsOnline is a great tool for law enforcement!"

Det. Juan Amaro
Hialeah Police Department
Florida

Electronic reporting instantly reveals suspects and a host of other crimes

"On January 30, at approximately, 11:30 a.m., a burglary occurred in Lake Mexia of Limestone County. After the case was forwarded to me on January 31, I checked LeadsOnline and found one of my suspects pawning several items from the burglary by 2:30 p.m. (3 hours after the burglary). This information led to the arrest of the first suspect. This first arrest led to two other arrests. The third arrest took place after the suspect led me on a 20 minute vehicle pursuit. The impoundment of the vehicle, which was used in the pursuit, was the vehicle involved in the Lake Mexia burglary. An inventory of the vehicle opened new cases on additional key players for POCS, credit card abuse, Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and POM. Thank you LeadsOnline! You guys are helping us make a tremendous impact in Limestone County."

Sgt. Jason Ash
Limestone County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Stolen property recovered for American soldier serving in Afghanistan

"Our agency received a report of an apartment burglary. The difficult part about this case was that the victim in this case was serving our country in Afghanistan. The victim provided us with a list of items taken, but he did not provide serial numbers. During the investigation, we discovered that the victim's identification was also taken and that the perpetrator was using it to purchase various mobile phones. The phones were being delivered to the victim's address but were always intercepted by the perpetrator. LeadsOnline helped us in the arrest and confession of two of the victim's next door neighbors. Most of the stolen items as well as ALL of the phones were recovered and returned to the owners."

Det. Reginald Cooper
Byram Police Department
Mississippi

Burglary suspect leads California detectives to identity thief

"I conducted a check of stolen property by running the name of a possible suspect. The name and birth date of the suspect showed matches for three pawns in the Pacific Beach San Diego area. Two of the three pawns matched stolen property from two vehicle burglaries, one ring and one purse. While the purse (Coach) is common the description by the victim matched perfectly. The ring, which was a family heirloom, also matched perfectly. With the assistance of LeadsOnline we were able to positively identify the suspect and make an arrest, which led to the arrest of a second suspect for unrelated crimes of identity theft. Thank you Leads Online for the assist."

Det. Aaron Mansker
Coronado Police Department
California

Multi-jurisdictional identity theft case solved via LeadsOnline

"Identity theft suspect identified through LeadsOnline hit. One simple pawn report led me to the true identity of a multi-jurisdictional identity thief. The suspect used the victim's identity to pawn some property. The video from that store gave me what I needed to positively identify the suspect and add one more count to the charge sheet. LeadsOnline comes through again."

Det. Paul Armbrust
Lake Forest Park Police Department
Washington

Metal Theft

Farm equipment stolen and scrapped

"Our office received a complaint from a subject in our parish who said his farm equipment was stolen and possibly sold as scrap metal. The victim's neighbor said he saw two males on the property the day before, cutting up his farm equipment with a cutting torch. The complainant said he checked his property and had approximately $2,500 in farm equipment stolen. The complainant gave me a name of two subjects he suspected. I placed both of those subjects in a photograph lineup and showed the lineups to the neighbor who identified both suspects. I logged into LeadsOnline and ran a search of both suspect's names, and one of the suspects had been to a scrap metal dealership in Bastrop, LA after the theft. I called the business and they verified the scrap metal sold fit the description of the farm equipment that was reported stolen. I secured felony warrants for both suspects, and both were jailed pending bond."

Inv. Roy Williams
Richland Parish Sheriff Office
Louisiana

Drills stolen from Ohio business and recovered with LeadsOnline

"We recently had two cases of breaking and entering at a local business. The suspect took 20 carbine drill bits and took them to the scrap yard. I ran the suspect's name, who was an ex-employee, and I located where he scrapped the drill bits. Cohen and HSI Security was very helpful in my investigation and gathering the evidence needed in my investigation."

Det. Nathan Wilson
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

Dumb luck and help from LeadsOnline solves cases

"During the month of November my area of the county was experiencing a large increase in metal theft. By dumb luck we encountered the suspects selling some stolen batteries and metal to a local metal recycling center. While on the scene, we located a pawn slip for a saddle that had been reported stolen. I decided to check LeadsOnline to see if any other items had been sold, and found several other items that matched descriptions of items reported stolen but with no known suspects. With a little dumb luck and a lot of help from LeadsOnline, I closed four additional cases, and put two very dirty thieves in the Brunswick County Detention Center."

Det. Ryan Newman
Brunswick County Sheriff's Department
North Carolina

Suspect gets busted for stealing scrap metal from employer

"I used the scrap search and found my bad guy within 10 minutes. I then had the scrap yard send me their entire list of transactions for the bad guy. With the complete list I interviewed the bad guy, and he confessed to taking the scrap from his work. Right now it is estimated to be in excess of $5,000. Made my job easy. Total time from search to closed = two hours. Thanks!"

Sgt. Richard Webster
Park Hills Police Department
Kentucky

Scrap metal stolen off farm found through LeadsOnline

"I had a victim make a report about several items that were stolen from around his farm. I asked him if he had any trouble with anyone lately, and he gave me a few names. I checked those names and nothing showed up, so I checked the names of some of their known associates. Those associates sold scrap the same day my victim had things stolen. I printed off a picture of a chainsaw that matched my victim's description and showed the victim. He identified it was his. I arrested all the subjects who were involved including the subjects he first named. Without LeadsOnline they probably never would have been caught."

Inv. Robert Garner
Smith County Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Metal theft suspects charged and case closed

"A citizen reported a heat pump unit and some property as stolen from his rental house. I located two weed eaters with LeadsOnline, identified one suspect, and with the video from the business, I was able to identify another suspect who sold the rest of the scrap metal. Two suspects charged and case closed! Thanks Leads."

Det. John Mcmurray
Bean Station Police Department
Tennessee

Storm grate thief put behind bars

"The city of Raleigh, North Carolina was experiencing a rising trend in the theft of metal storm grates over a period of two months. Working as a metal theft detective, it is sometimes hard to track stolen metal and identify the suspects in these cases. LeadsOnline made the difference in this case. In total, there were seven cases that specifically identified this series of theft. Using LeadsOnline, a suspect was identified that had been scrapping nothing but storm grates and miscellaneous shredder material. The same day I identified the suspect, an officer called me to tell me he had taken a report of some stolen storm grates, and just missed the suspect at the scrap yard, according to witnesses. With the investigative information obtained from the reports, witnesses and LeadsOnline information, I was able to place the suspect at the scene of the crimes within time, proximity and possession of stolen property. LeadsOnline helped me clear out seven cases, a pattern crime and identify $12,850 in stolen property at a scrap yard."

Det. Wilbur O'Neal
Raleigh Police Department
North Carolina

Demolition employee scraps over 30,000 pounds of stolen metal behind boss' back

"Leads, it never seizes to amaze me on how easy your system makes it to locate the wrong doing of a few unfortunate criminals who think they can be slicker than the system. My city has an old hospital they finally decided to tear down. In the past year we have had over 80 arrests for theft up at the site. I received a call from a probation officer who advised me on a routine check of one of his probationers, that he found some copper in her car. She claimed it came from her work. The probation officer advised me that the suspect worked for a business that was tearing down an old hospital. Hearing this, I ran her information through the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigations System, and the return showed that she had been scrapping behind her boss' back for several months using a different scrapyard. The female suspect had scrapped at the rate of 18,368 pounds and her boyfriend, who also worked there, had scrapped 12,818 pounds. The business that was tearing down the old hospital was at a loss of over $49,318.12, worth of scrap metal. Wow."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline alerts law enforcement about stolen metal

"Our agency was investigating the theft of scrap metal. The same address was being targeted several times. We had a good idea of who was doing it, but even though there was video, the suspects were covering their faces. We got a suspect to start cooperating, and she told us who was involved. We started checking the name of the suspect that had the scrap metal permit, and through LeadsOnline, we were able to match up the items the suspect scrapped with the incident dates. Since we were able to corroborate the cooperating suspect's statements, we were able to confront the scrapper with this information during the interview. The second suspect began to confess and give us names of other suspects. Having some of the scrap yards in our county on LeadsOnline really speeds us the investigation."

Sgt. Henry Beck
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
South Carolina

Police recover $28,000 in railroad equipment stolen from major railroad company

"I received a call from a local Railroad Police Agent after he received a tip that one of the employees was selling railroad property here in Fort Wayne. This employee, who is based in Pennsylvania, loaded his work truck up with A LOT of extra equipment prior to coming to Northern Indiana as part of a work crew. When it was all said and done, I was able to locate and recover nearly $28,000 in equipment -- base radio's, complete security camera systems, battery units for crossing signals....the list goes on and on. Needless to say, the railroad company was very happy to get their property and equipment back, and it was all done with ONE search in Leads."

Det. Joseph Lyon
Fort Wayne Police Department
Indiana

Missouri Police use electronic scrap metal database to solve battery thefts

"I was investigating several reports of batteries being stolen from vehicles in the Springfield, Missouri area. Upon obtaining a possible suspect name, I searched her name in LeadsOnline, and I was able to determine she had sold several batteries to a local "scrap yard" in the date range of the thefts of the batteries. I interviewed the suspect, and she confessed to stealing the batteries and selling them. The suspect also admitted her boyfriend was involved in stealing batteries and selling them. I searched his name in LeadsOnline and found he was selling several batteries as well. During the interview with him, he confessed to stealing batteries and selling them for cash to a scrap yard. Although I was unable to recover the stolen batteries, I was able to charge two suspects with Felony Stealing."

Cpl. Jeremy Anderson
Springfield Police Department
Missouri

Photos reported electronically solve metal theft case in less than 24 hours

"With the help of LeadsOnline I was able to close a metal theft case the day after it was reported. I had a witness who described the suspect's vehicle and the same vehicle and suspect showed up at the scrap yard the same day of the theft. Can't get any better than that! I wouldn't have been able to close the case had it not been for LeadsOnline and the photos from the scrap yard. Awesome feeling!"

Inv. Natasha Horner
Pike County Sheriff's Office
Georgia

Suspects linked to more than 40 valve thefts causing $75,000 in damages

"The Peoria Police Department's Impact Team used LeadsOnline to connect three suspects with a dozen cases of stolen water flow valves in Peoria. At the time the three suspects were arrested, they had at least 10 water flow valves with them that have since been connected to a theft in Glendale. In fact, investigators linked the suspects to 20 cases in Scottsdale, and an additional 10 to 15 cases in Glendale. The suspects targeted commercial areas where multiple water flow devices were located in a row. They would steal at least 5 to 10 valves at a time going to the locations late at night or the very early morning. The suspects would take the valves to a scrap yard where they would get about $100 per valve for their precious metal content. However, the businesses who were victims of this crime usually have to pay thousands in repairs costs and have no access to water until the repairs are finished."

Officer Luis Grijalva
Peoria Police Department
Arizona

Statewide electronic reporting system for scrap theft alerts leads police metal theft suspects

"I received a picture of a vehicle where someone was stealing metal. The owner of the metal gave me names of some people in the area hauling scrap metal. I checked their names with LeadsOnline, and one of them had pictures of not only the vehicle, but the man's metal was on it. Thanks LeadsOnline."

Sgt. Robert Garner
Smith County Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Police solve homicide of scrap metal recycler because he reported to electronic transactions to law enforcement via LeadsOnline

"We began investigating a homicide case in which the victim, Jack Markowitz, was the buyer and seller of catalytic converters and also reported to LeadsOnline. The victim was found dead inside his burning vehicle on Hwy 57 in Gautier, Mississippi. With little to go on, Investigators soon began piecing together the puzzle. Witnesses who passed by the area described to police a black dodge pickup truck with a metal cage on the back that was seen parked next to the victim prior to the crime. Investigators began using LeadsOnline to run inquiries on each person that the victim recently did business with since he was a reporting dealer. During this search, investigators ran the name Steven Brown who was supposed to meet the victim earlier in the day. What investigators discovered, cracked the case wide open. A recent transaction of catalytic converters between Steven Brown and the victim showed a photograph of the catalytic converters, as well as the back of Brown's black dodge truck and metal cage. Using this information from LeadsOnline helped investigators solve their homicide case in less than eight hours and resulted in a charge of capital murder against Steven Brown. LeadsOnline has been an invaluable tool for the Gautier Police Department, allowing us to solve countless property crimes. In this case, LeadsOnline helped a reporting scrap metal dealer lead police to the criminal who took his life. We look forward to continued service with LeadsOnline."

Detective Jonathan Whitfield
Gautier Police Department
Mississippi

Suspect confesses to $70,000 in metal theft when presented with evidence provided by electronic reporting

"While investigating a larceny of approximately $70,000 worth of copper occurring over an eight month period from a local manufacturing facility, a suspect was developed in the case. Once the suspect was apprehended in the act of stealing more copper from the business he was subsequently interviewed. After being presented with the data of all of his transactions from selling copper that were retrieved form LeadsOnline, the suspect gave a full confession. After the confession, the subject was charged with 14 counts of larceny and 14 counts of Burglary in the second degree. Thanks to the easy access to LeadsOnline, I was able to quickly gather all of the subject's sales data, which resulted in a successful interview and confession."

Deputy Garrett Cash
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Uniform Patrol
South Carolina

LeadsOnline statewide scrap theft alert database leads police to copper thieves

"In Glendale, Arizona, a vacant multi-million dollar commercial complex was burglarized repeatedly, sustaining tens of thousands of dollars in stolen/damaged property. A fingerprint was located and leadsonline.com was used to locate the stolen copper and also develop a lead to another suspect. The suspect was arrested and confessed to burglarizing the property. He pled to jail time for his involvement."

Det. Thomas Pocknell
Glendale Police Department
Arizona

Alabama detectives locate $50,000 in stolen metal with online metal theft database

"The day after Christmas, deputies found a subject passed out in a vehicle near the construction site of I-22. Deputies found several sand jacks in the back of the subject's vehicle. Deputies found that the sand jacks had been stolen from the construction site. One hour after the report was filed detectives activated the free 30-day metal trials of the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigations System to investigate the suspect. Detectives discovered that over the Christmas holiday, this subject had sold over 5,000 pounds of steel. Detectives went to the scrap yard and located $51,350 worth of steel forms, sand jacks, and other steel material used in the construction of the interstate. This is just another fine example of how valuable LeadsOnline is to law enforcement!! Thank you!!"

Sgt. Det. Ellen Scheirer
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Alabama

Felony charges filed against suspected battery thief

"With the assistance of LeadsOnline, I was able to locate and recover over 21 batteries that were stolen from a major utility company. This led to two felony charges for theft of copper/aluminum/bronze."

Det. Alejandro Martinez
San Antonio Police Department
Texas

Kentucky police solve $60,000 metal theft case

"A construction company reported the theft of approximately $60,000 in steel road construction plates from a road construction site in Raceland. The company estimated their weight at approx. 10,000 pounds and the name of the company was burned into them. After coming up with a suspect's name we were able to use LeadsOnline metal theft investigations system and find where the suspect had scrapped 9,188 pounds of steel at a scrap yard in Huntington, West Virginia. We contacted the scrap yard, and learned that steel they had bought was steel plates. Huntington PD was then contacted, and they checked the plates and found the name of the construction company was burned into the metal. A warrant was obtained for the suspect, and the construction company was able to pick up their road plates. If it had not been for LeadsOnline, this case would probably never have been solved."

Chief Donald Sammons
Raceland Police Department
Kentucky

More than 600 copper urns stolen from Louisiana cemetery; four suspects arrested by detective using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"A local cemetery began seeing a large amount of flower urns missing. The cemetery did not report the thefts to police but did send a letter to a local scrap yard advising of the thefts. One month later, we were made aware of the incident by an employee at a local scrap yard but were unable to locate the person selling the flower urns. Upon searching the LeadsOnline database we found another suspect who was related to the person in question and were able to further the investigation. Four suspects were arrested and two of them confessed to the crime. The four suspects were responsible for taking more than 600 flower urns from the cemetary. Three of them were charged with 612 counts of theft of copper from a cemetery and are currently in jail awaiting trial. The fourth suspect is also in jail and was charged with 30 counts of theft of copper from a cemetery. Photographs obtained from the LeadsOnline database clearly show the suspects selling the flower urns. The suspects cut the urns up in several pieces before selling them. The total loss to the cemetery is over $100,000."

Det. Chance Cappel
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

Metal theft suspect identified by detective using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"An old dryer and some scrap metal were reported from a residence in our county. A witness provided a license plate number off of the suspect vehicle. By using LeadsOnline, it was possible to get the identities of the two suspects that had stolen the property. A warrant was obtained for the two suspects. One week later, the suspects were arrested on the warrants and both suspects gave a confession to stealing the property. If it would not have been for LeadsOnline there would not have been enough evidence to tie the suspects to the stolen property. LeadsOnline is a great tool and I wish it would have been around ten years ago. The staff at LeadsOnline are very resourceful and if you have a problem they have an answer pretty quick."

Det. Josh Bolland
Cleveland County Sheriff's Department
Arkansas

900 pounds of stolen metal found by investigators using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"A local business filed a report with the Tishomingo, Mississippi County Sheriff's Department concerning stolen metal. A fence surrounding the business was cut, and approximately 900 pounds of scrap metal was stolen. Information was collected and an individual was listed as a possible suspect. I checked the name of the individual and discovered that he had sold around 900 pounds of scrap to a scrap yard in a neighboring county. The individual stated that he was not involved with the crime during the interview. The individual was shown a copy of the transaction receipt from LeadsOnline documenting the date and time of the transaction along with a description of what was sold. The transaction receipt also had a picture of his driver's license. The individual confessed to the crime and was charged with Grand Larceny."

Det. Logan Vaughn
Tishomingo Country Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Alabama detectives solve metal theft cases with comprehensive data from scrap metal recyclers

"I contacted LeadsOnline in reference to a trial version of LeadsOnline Metal Theft. You all were happy to oblige and the second day of using the trial version, I was able to identify and solve two metal thefts involving a recent case. I was also able to correctly identify a suspect who was involved in a metal theft and was arrested and bonded using a false identity. The program paid for itself in its second day of use and assisted in closing three cases with a total of six arrests. Thanks Leads Online!"

Inv. Doug Duke
Cullman Sheriff's Office
Alabama

LeadsOnline scrap metal reporting and investigations system is working in Ohio

"An electrical company in the city of Worthington, Ohio had two of their vans broken into. Tools as well as copper wire were taken. Within minutes of the case being assigned to a detective for follow up a suspect was identified using LeadsOnline. The owner of the business met with detectives at the pawn shop where the suspect sold the tools, and positively identified them as belonging to his company. This same suspect sold copper wire for scrap to a local scrap/salvage yard at the same time. There were NO leads in this case and without LeadsOnline their case would have been closed with no arrest made!"

Det. Keith Agin
Worthington Police Department
Ohio

Copper stolen from a church. More than 20 cases solved in Ohio scrap yards with one LeadsOnline search.

"LeadsOnline has once again proven itself to be one of the most useful tools in my investigational arsenal! We received two reports of copper downspouts being stolen from a local church and a residence. After looking at the information available I went to LeadsOnline and searched for more than 100 pounds of copper being scrapped. Within a span of minutes I had a number of results, one of which contained a person of interest tag from Bexley Police, another local agency. With the information provided by their detective I was able to link the cases together and had good suspects for the crime. Less than a week later the two suspects had surrendered and I was able to obtain confessions showing that the two had been responsible for almost 2 dozen thefts of copper from the Columbus area! The most impressive part of the whole story is that the person of interest tag had only been put on my suspect a few hours before I did my search. Thanks to the information sharing system attached to LeadsOnline I got the break I needed in a case that could have otherwise gone unsolved. Thanks again LeadsOnline!"

Sgt. Stephen Mette
Worthington Police Department
Ohio

Detectives alert for scrap theft involving stolen vehicles

"Det. Blevins ran the name of a subject in a stolen vehicle case through the LeadsOnline system. It showed they had scrapped a large number of vehicle bodies to this scrap yard. After viewing the photographs of the subject's scrapped vehicle bodies, several ongoing cases have started on this subject. Without the information provided by the LeadsOnline system, this subject would have gone unnoticed."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline and scrap metal dealers help law enforcement find stolen vehicles

"Det. Branch was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim called several scrap yards concerning her vehicle. A scrap yard in NLR told her that they had a vehicle matching the victim's description in the scrap line earlier that day. Det. Branch ran the vehicle information through LeadsOnline and received a hit on the suspect's information. The LeadsOnline system was able to provide the photographs of the scrapped stolen vehicle along with the suspect's information and thumb print. Without this information this crime would have gone undetected."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

One more battery thief off the streets

"On July 10, 2012, we were interviewing a suspect about stolen car batteries taken from a local business. We ran the suspect's name through LeadsOnline, and that produced evidence of the suspect selling batteries the morning after they were reported stolen. When confronted with the evidence, the suspect confessed to multiple counts of theft. We have since turned the case over to the District Attorney's Office."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Peoria PD chills out these A/C thieves

"Using LeadsOnline, Peoria Police identified three suspects in over 16 separate burglaries involving the theft of A/C units from vacant homes. Over $80,000 in damages was committed to the homes, but with the efforts of the Peoria PD and the assistance of LeadsOnline, we have pulled these criminals off the streets in Arizona."

Officer John Banach
Peoria Police Department
Arizona

Fool me once? Nope. You can't fool me even once with LeadsOnline in my corner

"A suspect was scrapping an odd amount of copper with peculiar frequency and regularity. We had discovered, using LeadsOnline, that the crook had been scrapping various copper and brass products over a six month time period. We were able to determine that the subject had stolen $180,000 worth of scrap metal from his employer. After his arrest, he was released on bond, but his criminal activity continued. After being contacted in reference to a burglary, I was able to locate the same suspect pawning his ex-wife's $6,000 ring set after breaking into her home and stealing the items. Once again, LeadsOnline directed us to the ring set where police confiscated the item. He was once again arrested. Thanks LeadsOnline! Scoreboard: Copper Thief – 0 points, Detective Moore and LeadsOnline – 2 points."

Det. Brad Moore
Georgetown Police Department
Kentucky

You like apples? How do you like these apples? Behind bars, because that's where you're going

"In December of 2011, a Breaking and Entering occurred at an electric substation. The power transformer unit owned by the City of North Little Rock, Ark., was forcibly entered by a suspect in an effort to acquire the copper bushings located within the transformer. The suspect caused $345,000 worth the damage, and fled the scene with a significant amount of copper. A quick search of LeadsOnline allowed me to identify the items stolen from the substation, and the suspect was quickly identified. Without the help of LeadsOnLine we could not have found and recovered crucial evidence within hours of the incident. LeadsOnLine continues to be an incredible source of information and an asset to law enforcement officials everywhere."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

The hotel may be deserted, but the Police Department sure is active

"One of our patrol officers spotted a car backed into a deserted hotel on the outskirts of town. Upon investigation, the car was found to be a hotbed of stolen copper wire. Suspects had entered the hotel and begun stripping copper products from various sources, defacing most of the property in the process. I used LeadsOnline to search the tag off of the car, and I was able to find three crooks selling the copper pipes and wire to an area scrap yard. Interviews and fingerprints have led to the arrest of two suspects for the copper thefts, and there are two more arrests pending. We couldn't have done it without LeadsOnline!"

Det. Brad Handley
Eureka Springs Police Department
Arkansas

Quick clearance on metal theft case

"There were several items stolen from some property in Cleveland County. Three days later, Deputy Chance Dodson found the property at a scrap yard by using LeadsOnline. All the property was recovered and three of the four suspects have been arrested. LeadsOnline is a great tool for law enforcement."

Investigator Josh Bolland
Cleveland County Sheriff's Department
Arkansas

Catchin' the metal thieves before they can do more damage

On Dec. 12, 2011, a business reported a large amount of fabricated steel, stolen. They reviewed their video surveillance and discovered two black males loaded metal into a white Chevrolet Suburban two days prior.

Dec. 14, 2011: Video of the theft shown on a Crime Stoppers segment on the local news.
Dec. 15, 2011: I received a tip regarding who the suspect could be. I checked him through LeadsOnline and found three very large scrap tickets (just over 5,400 lbs) for Dec. 10, 2011. I pulled up the tickets and saw the photos of him and the vehicle that he was using. The vehicle and his clothing were the same as in the surveillance video and it was obvious as to his identity. I also checked LeadsOnline and ran the tag on the suspect's vehicle. I located a ticket for Dec. 10, 2012 where an accomplice scrapped a large amount of metal (just over 1,800 lbs). In his photo, it showed a picture of both suspects, along with the white Suburban, still wearing the same clothing.
Dec. 15, 2011: First suspect arrested at his residence for theft of property $1,000 to $5,000.
Dec. 18, 2011: Second suspect arrested for a warrant that I had obtained for him for theft of property $1,000 to $5,000.
The property was estimated at $3,500.00 but was not able to be recovered. There was not believed to be any additional damage."

Cpl. Jeff Craghead
Property Crimes
Fort Smith Police Department
Arkansas

Can't sweep this evidence under the rug

"A street sweeper and trailer were reported stolen in our county. The suspect sold it the same day. The ordinance requires a photo be taken of the person, vehicle and item being sold. It also requires a fingerprint. With that evidence we were able to identify the suspect, recover the street sweeper and file a criminal case. The suspect used a friend's driver's license instead of his own, but the photo and fingerprint identified the real suspect. The ordinance also requires the information be made available to law enforcement the same day as the sale. The street sweeper was recovered before it could be sold or destroyed; a recovery value of $5,000. Prior to the ordinance and LeadsOnline documentation, we could not solve this type of case or recover property."

Lt. Mark Sanderson, LCC
Collin County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Truck scrapped in another state leads to suspect

"I recently used LeadsOnLine to arrest a subject who was on a drug binge and stealing from numerous victims. I had a stolen Ford F250 truck where I ran the vin and got a LeadsOnline hit showing where it was scrapped in Pascagoula, Miss. I was able to locate the person who scrapped it and was eventually led to the subject who stole the truck as well as numerous batteries and other pieces of equipment. He used to be the victim's employee. A warrant was signed and the subject was arrested. Probation revocation is pending, as well as court on this charge of Theft of Property-1st. Thanks for the help. Will be nice when Alabama catches up and we can find Alabama scrap yard items."

Detective Mark Kinsey
Mobile County Sheriff's Department
Alabama

Putting a stop to employee theft

"In May, we began investigating a case of nearly $150,000 worth of stolen batteries. The suspect was selling more than 10,000 pounds of locomotive batteries that appeared to be stolen from his employer. LeadsOnline showed the suspect had been selling the batteries over the past three years to recyclers across Alabama. Without this evidence, the suspect would have continued his activity and the business would still be losing money."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

A quick check gathers additional evidence

"After obtaining a confession from a suspect for theft of a metal roof, I checked LeadsOnline and found that this suspect had also scrapped several electric motors that were stolen in December. After being confronted with the evidence from LeadsOnline, he confessed to the theft of the electric motors as well."

Det. Stephen Wilson
Ironton Police Department
Ohio

Recovery of $8,000 in stolen metals solves multiple crimes

"During the month of February, I received an influx of reports about stolen cast iron drainage grates, manhole covers and drainage grates found in self-service car washes. I made contact with a fellow detective from a neighboring jurisdiction and he provided a possible suspect name since they were encountering the same crimes. Upon running the name on LeadsOnline, we were able to obtain additional suspect information such as vehicle description, co-defendants and a pattern of suspect's visits to the metal recyclers. Two suspects were arrested and charged with several counts of Grand Larceny after arriving at the metal recycler with almost 2 tons of stolen drainage grates in the bed of their truck. Upon interviewing them, one confessed to committing the crimes. The total amount of the thefts topped $8,000 dollars and most of the complainants were able to recover their property after it was properly identified. The arrests of these two individuals cleared up several crimes in several jurisdictions."

Det. Jaye Coleman
Jackson Police Department
Property Crimes Division
Mississippi

Metal theft case solved in less than a day

"A complaint was made to the Grant Parish Sheriffs Office of the theft of a large aluminum pontoon boat, 10 to 12 feet in length. The theft occured on a weekend night. That Monday, check with LeadsOnline M.T.I.S showed that the pontoon had been cut in three sections and sold to a scrap yard in Alexandria, LA. Less than 16 hours from the time of the theft, the remains of the pontoon were found and three suspects were identified. Thanks to LeadsOnline and the information obtained, the case was closed in less than 16 hours."

Det. Doug James
Grant Parish Sheriffs Office
Colfax, Louisiana

First day on LeadsOnline solves scrap case

"My office was signed up on LeadsOnline less than a day when we cleared a stolen outside air conditioning unit that had been sold at a scrap iron dealer in Lake Village, Arkansas. We are very pleased with the service and would highly recommend LeadsOnline to all law enforcement agencies."

Chf. Dep. Kenneth Green
West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department
Oak Grove, Louisiana

Sometimes you're only a few clicks away from your suspect

"A homeowner gave me a still shot from a Game Camera of a suspect stealing copper wire from a storage shed. After an officer was able to identify the suspect, I used LeadsOnline to find where the suspect sold copper a few hours after the photo was taken. I went to the scrapyard and was able to get video showing the suspect wearing the same clothes and bringing in the same material that shown on the victim's photo. Without LeadsOnline, it would have taken several days to go to all the scrap yards and search the reports by hand; instead it took a few mouse clicks."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Stolen cars sold to scrap yards; theft ring stopped with LeadsOnline MTIS

"Recently, there was a rash of vehicle thefts of broken down or abandoned vehicles from the Interstate area of Central Arkansas. It was determined that approximately 30-40 vehicles were taken to a local scrapyard where they were crushed. One vehicle was identified by its owner at the scrapyard.

After an extensive LeadsOnline check by our department's auto theft detective, information was obtained showing a large number of vehicles being scrapped by two individuals. Due to LeadsOnline's ability to have photographs of items being scrapped, it was determined that two individuals were responsible for pulling the vehicles to the scrap yard. Without the ability to check information on LeadsOnline, this valuable information would have never come to light. Thanks LeadsOnLine!"

Det. Desizlets and Det. Blevins
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

Quick look in LeadsOnline proves suspect whereabouts in Arkansas metal theft case

In December 2009, a town in Arkansas was hit hard by a rash of copper wire thefts, causing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement for businesses in the community. The police put together a suspect profile and came up with a specific individual, but needed to completely prove that he'd been a part of those particular thefts. When they ran his driver's license number through the LeadsOnline database, they were able to immediately see where he had recently sold some copper wire at one of the local scrap yards. An arrest was made on the suspect. The LeadsOnline Metal Theft System is run statewide in Arkansas."

Nearly 6,000 lbs of metal illegaly scrapped by employee

A local business came to us on Jan. 18, 2012 about the suspected activity of internal metal theft. I used the LeadsOnline database to check area pawn shops and scrap yards. I was able to identify that the suspect who worked for the business was the same person who had been making frequent trips to the Indianapolis scrap yards and was scrapping several hundred pounds of metal every few days. The first documented activity started on Nov. 7, 2011, and the last reported transaction was on Jan. 11, 2012. In all, there were 13 transactions documented. When shown the LeadsOnline documentation, the suspect confessed to taking the scrap metal without authorization and scrapping it at an Indianapolis scrap yard. All total, there was 5,668lbs of metal, 47lbs of brass, 193lbs of lead, and 70lbs of other metal; for a grand total weight of 5,978lbs.Criminal charges are being filed."

Cpl. Jeff Klayer, Detective
Brownsburg Police Department
Indiana

Meth

Two burglaries, three auto thefts and drug ring busted

"Thanks to LeadsOnline I was able to solve a burglary in my county, a high profile burglary, three auto thefts and a dope ring that trades meth for guns. Not to mention the thousands of dollars' worth of stolen property. All because I ran a suspect's name on LeadsOnline, four different Texas counties are now taking action based on the suspect activity LeadsOnline provided."

Det. Cleveland Dominy
Caldwell County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Investigators using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor identify repeat meth offender

"Lt. James Kulesa and Sgt David Bufford assisted Parole/Probation Officer Kevin Trigg with a home visit at a residence located on Butlerville Road, Ward, Arkansas. Further investigation resulted in chemicals, glassware, components and paraphernalia utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine being located and seized in a storage building located behind the residence. Arrested at the scene was a 19 year old suspect for the offense of: Possession of paraphernalia to manufacture a controlled substance. The suspect had been arrested on the previously for the same offense and on another occasion for other drug related charges."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

LeadsOnline helps identify suspect selling meth in Oregon

"Suspect was arrested after he had been stealing jewelry and pawning it. The suspect had meth, scales, and packaging material in his possession. He admitted to selling and told us how he packaged it for sale. He was charged and lodged for Theft by Receiving six times, Theft I, MCS, DCS, and PCS Meth. Most of the jewelry was recovered."

Annette Cunningham
Medford Police Department
Oregon

Arkansas, Texas meth cooks identified and arrested by investigators using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"Over the last few months we have focused our efforts on individuals that are "smurfing" pseudoephedrine pills for area methamphetamine cooks. With the use of LeadsOnLabs we have successfully been able to compile several conspiracy cases involving an astronomical number of individuals, both the individuals "smurfing" pills and the cooks themselves. Also during these investigations we have been able to contact other drug task force agencies with information gained through our investigations which have led to several seizures of methamphetamine labs. Out of all the surveillance equipment, hi-tech gadgets, and other items we use in our daily efforts to fight the war on drugs, LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor by far is one of the greatest tools at our disposal. Thanks for all your work."

Sgt. Devin Warner
Bi-State Narcotics Task Force
Arkansas, Texas

Detective uses LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor to charge five with conspiracy to manufacture meth

"There I was just minding my own business. I received a phone call from a patrol deputy. He stated that he had just executed a traffic stop on a vehicle in Heber Springs. The deputy told me that among other items he found several blister packs and a pharmacy bag with several pseudoephedrine pills in it. I acquired the identification information of the subjects in the vehicle. Through LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor I found that a total five people had purchased the pills at the pharmacy within a few minutes of each other. I went to the pharmacy and retrieved copies of the security video that confirmed that the five people purchased within minutes of each other. Four of them arrived in the same vehicle. The fifth person walked to the vehicle in the parking lot and handed her pills to a passenger in the car.

Thanks to LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor I was able to charge five people with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. All five suspects ultimately pled guilty to the charges."

Inv. Sgt. Jack Smith
Cleburne County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Oklahoma and Arkansas meth cook arrested via LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"We were able to seize a "Red P" lab in operation in Ashley County. This is possibly the first "Red P" lab seizure in this county. LeadsOnlabs definitely paid off in this case. It is not the first time we have used it successfully. Thanks for all that you do and keep up the good work!"

Special Agent Scott Russell
Arkansas State Police
Arkansas

LeadsOnline and K9 units used by investigators to track down meth suspect

"Lt. James Kulesa, Investigator Allen Marshall and Chief John Staley of the Austin Police Department went to a residence located on Bailey Road, Austin, Arkansas. Based on information from LeadsOnLabs, Investigators were attempting to locate the resident who also had an outstanding arrest warrant from the Cabot Police Department. Receiving no response at the residence, surveillance was initiated. A short time later, Lt. Kulesa received a call from a family member of a 21 year old female who related their daughter and another 20 year old female were in the area of Bailey Road and their safety maybe at risk. The females were in the company of the suspect. Investigators located the 20 year old female on the side of the road, who related the other female was being chased through the woods by the suspect. Sheriff Jim Roberson and additional Deputies responded to the scene. The 21 year old female was located by Investigator Marshall. She had numerous scratches on her body. K-9 tracking teams from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Tucker Unit, responded and initiated a search for West. The K-9 teams located West and took him into custody. Further investigation led to chemicals, glassware, components, and paraphernalia utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine being located and seized from a work shop adjacent to the suspect's residence. The suspect was arrested for the offenses of; Possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Battery 3rd degree, Fleeing, and an outstanding arrest warrant."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Meth cooks busted by detectives using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"Lt. James Kulesa received information pertaining to illegal drug activity resulting in the seizing of an estimated 1.3 ounces of pseudoephedrine in powder form. A set of digital scales and a pill bottle with signs of residue were also seized. Lt. Kulesa and Chief John Staley of the Austin Police Department went to a residence located on Oakridge Road, Austin, at which time the suspects were arrested for the offenses of; Possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Lt. Kulesa related this was a case of purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of selling or trading the substance for meth. We were able to confirm information on the LeadsOnLabs program."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Search warrants lead to meth lab busts

"We are a small department located in Gassville, Arkansas. just outside of Mountain Home, and have our fair share of individuals who either want to be a "supply runner" for ephedrine, or entrepreneurs in the profession of running meth labs.

Since being introduced to LeadsOnlabs, we have utilized he information gathered to write and execute approximately 9 search warrants this year in our town, which has led to seizing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and ultimately arrests with each warrant. We are looking forward to utilizing the other sites your company has provided."

Jeff A. Shehan
Gassville Police Department
Arkansas

Catching cooks and smurfers

"I just wanted to let y'all know that this service is invaluable to my meth investigations. LeadsOnlabs has led me in the right direction several times and, more times than not, an arrest or a confidential informant was developed based on intelligence I gathered using the system. I use the information gathered from LeadsOnlabs as a tool to just not get the smurfers buying the pills, but also getting the cooks recruiting the smurfers.

Thanks again for providing us Law Enforcement with an easy-to-use tool that I could not go without now!"

Investigator with Texas-based Multi-State Narcotic Task Force

Meth abusers come in all ages

"Our Drug Task Force prepared a search warrant based on a report from LeadsOnlabs. After executing the search warrant, a large group of people were charged with manufacturing meth and several more felony charges. The people ranged in age from 30 to 65. Thanks for the help in the fight against meth."

Inv. David Edington
3rd District DTF
Arkansas

Impressive results with LeadsOnLabs MethMonitor

The state of Arkansas, under the direction of state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel deployed LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor in every pharmacy and every law enforcement agency statewide. He says LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor is helping re-shape the way his state fights the war against methamphetamine abuse.

"When the MethMonitor was implemented in pharmacies throughout the state of Arkansas in May of 2008, the results were impressive. I firmly believe that this system has put a serious dent in the meth manufacturing business in Arkansas, and consequently, it has helped reduce other drug-related crime. I hope that other states battling the meth epidemic will utilize the LeadsOnlabs Meth Monitor and achieve the same great results as we have in Arkansas."

According to the National Association of Counties, and reported by the Meth Project Foundation, the majority of U.S. counties report that Meth is the most serious drug problem—more than cocaine and marijuana combined.

Narcotics

Electronics recovered from 10 shops across two counties

"Another awesome day for LeadsOnline searches! We recovered 10 laptops and a large screen computer monitor with over $8,000 in recoverable value! Oh, and did I mention the recoveries were from 10 different businesses?! From Carrollton to Haltom City and beyond! Over the last year our complainant's DEVOUT employee stole laptops to support his meth habit. Once confronted with the inventory discrepancies, he cracked and admitted his transgressions. Would this have been possible without LeadsOnline? Not in a million years! Ten different businesses covering Dallas and Tarrant Counties? Not in a million years! Thank you LeadsOnline and my complainant thanks you!"

Det. Robbie Huckaby
Carrollton Police Department
Texas

Heroin addicts steal heirloom jewelry, police recover it with LeadsOnline

"Stoughton PD had another success story last week recovering a $13,500 ring!! Heroin addicts stole a ring and made the ultimate mistake of taking it down to a local jewelry store who has recently been reporting to LeadsOnline. Well you can figure out the rest – it was easy… the two are in jail. We have very happy victims, especially after getting an inherited ring back. Thanks once again LeadsOnline!!!!"

Det. Erik Veum
Stoughton Police Department
Wisconsin

Grandson steals from family and admits to drug addictions

"I recently investigated a case in which the grandson stole several pieces of jewelry from his grandmother. With the assistance of LeadsOnline, I was able to locate the jewelry. When confronted with the evidence I had, the grandson confessed to the theft and dealing in stolen property. More importantly, he admitted to his family and me that he has a drug addiction and wants to enter a drug rehab program."

Det. Charles Simpson
St. Augustine Police Department
Florida

Automated system in Wisconsin helps police identify heroin addict as suspect

"A heroin addict stole a number of jewels from his parents, which were later found and recovered at area pawn stores. Once again using LeadsOnline helped with the recovery of these sentimental jewels so we could return them to victims. Thanks!"

Det. Erik Veum
Stoughton Police Department
Wisconsin

Heroin addict admits to jewelry theft

"Last week I was dispatched to a theft of jewelry complaint. Turns out it was a felony (over $3,500 worth). After dealing with the victim I logged onto LeadsOnline and found the suspect pawned the items about an hour after she was at the victim's house. In the end, I have a solid theft case and admission of heroin use as motivation for the crime. As an added bonus, the suspect is feeding me info on heroin deals in my jurisdiction to show cooperation, which will help her with the DA. Without LeadsOnline info, the suspect would have told me to pound sand!"

Det. Joe Benoit
Omro Police Department
Wisconsin

Stolen guns, crack cocaine and $10,000 in stolen bikes found via LeadsOnline

"LeadsOnline showed me where a suspect pawned a stolen $1,000 bicycle. We were able to use this information to verify what a confidential informant had told us and write a search warrant. During the warrant we recovered approx. $10,000 in stolen bicycles. During the warrant we also recovered crack cocaine and 4 stolen guns. The house, we later learned from neighborhood residents, was a new crack house and fence for stolen property."

Det. Ronnie Morgan
Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline used to find crime traveler in Georgia

"The Autauga County Sheriff's Office, received an unusual telephone call reporting narcotics related activity in a neighborhood. The caller, as it turns out, gave false information about himself and his motive for calling. The suspect, "John Smith", had purported himself as an undercover police officer resulting in this agency signing a warrant for his arrest for "Impersonation of a Police Officer." John Smith learned of the warrant through his girlfriend who ran from law enforcement in order to assist John Smith in eluding police contact. During the investigation, it was learned John Smith had a habit of stealing television sets from motels in one location then pawning same in another location away from the first. With the usage of LeadsOnline, this agency was able to locate the areas of where Smith had recently been. Pawn shops from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri that participate in your program enabled this agency to keep up with our suspect then eventually leading to his capture in the State of Georgia. Your LeadsOnline program is an invaluable tool that should be available on every investigator's desktop."

Sgt. J.F. Steele
Autauga County Sheriff's Office
Alabama

Drug-related theft: solved in seconds

"I investigated a theft report involving $4,000 worth of camera equipment. The day I was assigned to investigate the report, I logged into LeadsOnline and within seconds had my possible theft suspect identified. I call the pawn shop to verify the camera equipment was still there, and then sent them a police hold. I interviewed the suspect and he admitted to stealing the camera equipment because he has a drug addiction. Due to LeadsOnline, this case was solved within a day of the offense occurring."

Det. Doug Eveslage
Springfield Township
Ohio

Selling stolen jewelry to support a drug habit

"I was assigned a larceny case in which the victim reported $11,000 of assorted jewelry stolen from her residence. In her initial report to law enforcement, the victim provided the name of a person she thought may have been responsible. This person, who the victim considered a friend, was known to have once been addicted to illegal drugs and had accessed the victim's residence around the time of the report. When assigned this case for investigation, the first course of action I took was to run a quick LeadsOnline search. Guess what? The week prior to this incident being reported, our person of interest had visited a local pawnbroker three times in which she had sold numerous amounts of yellow and white gold for scrap. When confronted with evidence against her, the suspect confessed."

Sr. Inv. K.L. Penley
Catawba County Sheriff's Office
North Carolina

Stolen items, car break-ins, and drug Arrests

"We had a rash of car break-ins and stolen vehicles. One of the vehicles was recovered in the city of Norwood with a subject passed out inside the car. While working with the Norwood Detectives, they decided to run some of the property that was stolen out of both our jurisdictions.

Eventually, we made the connection that several people were connected in the car break-ins and all participants were heroin addicts trying to support their habit.

We actually had another suspect with the group, but were unable to get him to cooperate. was able to link him to a burglary in Madeira months later, thanks to LeadsOnline, by locating some tools that were sold at a pawn shop in Newport, Kentucky.

At this time, the Madeira Police Department has closed several cases with the assistance of LeadsOnline. It has been a great tool and I am looking forward to using it in the future."

Det. Eric B. Hoeffel
Madeira Police Department
Ohio

Stolen camcorder and a drug bust

"A month ago LeadsOnline helped me in a theft from a vehicle investigation. My victim reported leaving his vehicle unlocked while he was at a bar celebrating the birth of his new son --- he said his wife and new son were at the hospital recuperating...

I quickly found my victim's Canon camcorder pawned with the assistance of LeadsOnline. I arrested the guy that pawned it. He admitted stealing the camcorder. However, the suspect told me that my victim was not telling the truth about where the camcorder was stolen.

The victim admitted that he and the suspect went to a drug house to get high."

Det. Scott R. Worth
Creve Coeur Police Department
Missouri

Narcotics task force cracks down on meth abuse

"I am part of an 8-person multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that has jurisdiction in both Arkansas and Texas. We have focused our efforts on individuals that are "smurfing" pseudoephedrine pills for area methamphetamine cooks. With the use of LeadsOnlabs we have successfully been able to compile several conspiracy cases involving an astronomical number of individuals, both the individuals "smurfing" pills and the cooks themselves. Also, during these investigations we have been able to contact other drug task force agencies with information gained through our investigations which have led to several seizures of methamphetamine labs.

Out of all the surveillance equipment, hi-tech gadgets, and other items we use in our daily efforts to fight the war on drugs, LeadsOnlabs by far is one of the greatest tools at our disposal. In fact, we are currently in the process of attempting to get our pharmacies in the state of Texas on board with your system. Thanks for all your work."

Sgt. Devin Warner
Bi-State Narcotics Task Force

Statewide access to LeadsOnlabs fights drug abuse

"I work for South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force in Arkansas, spread over eight counties. In the past few months, the guys in my unit and I have seen an outburst in red phosphorus labs and the one-pot method -- known on the streets as "shake and bake" labs.

LeadsOnlabs has been a great resource in tracking the cooks. Having LeadsOnlabs in Arkansas is a great advantage. With multi-agency cooperation and being able to track the sale of pills, we have sucessfully been able to arrest dozens of people and seize 11 labs in less than two months' time. Thanks LeadsOnlabs."

Brandon Kennemore
South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force
Arkansas

Time to fess up

"I was able to arrest a subject last week after recovering over 15 items on LeadsOnline.

The suspect started using 'crack' about six months ago and to support his habit he stole jewelry, guns, video games and several other items from neighbors and family members. With the help of LeadsOnline, I recovered almost all of the stolen items.

I was also able to get a confession once I showed [the suspect] the pawn tickets from your system. As a result, warrants were issued yesterday."

Thank you."

Det. Sgt. Keith Stumpf
Woodson Terrace Police Department
Missouri

Retail Theft

Verona PD recover $4,000 worth of stolen tools

"LeadsOnline helped me locate approximately $4,000 worth of stolen electrical tools, and arrest two individuals, resulting in several felony charges. The recovery of these tools alone relieved the victim business of the hardship that was caused by the theft, and allowed them to continue with their operations. Without LeadsOnline, all of the suspects would not have been identified, and the majority of the tools would not have been recovered. The majority of my theft and burglary cases start by utilizing LeadsOnline! Thank you!"

Officer Travis Wetter
Verona Police Department
Wisconsin

Property in retail theft recovered and returned

"With the assistance of LeadsOnline, I was able to identify the suspect involved in two retail thefts. The property was sold to a secondhand store within hours of the theft and I recovered the property. The case resulted in criminal charges."

Det. Vince Bruett
Bloomington Police Department
Illinois

Stolen TV is located through NCIC hits

"We recently received a notice from LeadsOnline that a TV we entered as stolen into the NCIC system was recently sold at a local business. The TV was taken in a business burglary almost two years ago! The pawn shop was very cooperative, and we are hoping this break will help us solve the burglary. Needless to say, we are pretty happy with just the notice and will be using this success to encourage all of our residents to keep track of their serial numbers. I'm also certain that this success will keep the bean counters convinced that we need this tool."

Chief Perry Kingsbury
Wrightstown Police Department
Wisconsin

Ohio police recover items stolen from a retail theft ring

"Huber Heights Police Detective Brian Doyle and I have been working a retail theft ring involving two males and one female. They have been hitting retail stores across the Miami Valley. A search of LeadsOnline revealed several thousand dollars' worth of new property that was sold by the suspects. This search led Detectives to an additional recovery of approximately $3,000 of stolen property held by the fencer in this case. Thank you LeadsOnline."

Det. Fred Meadows
Xenia Police
Ohio

Walmart thieves caught and arrested

"I am requesting that Inv. Jason Greenlee be nominated as a "Rock Star" due to his recent involvement in catching some bad guys stealing from several major retailers located in Louisiana and selling the items throughout the state. Inv. Greenlee was able to recover several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise using LeadsOnline. Warrants were obtained on the bad guys with the sharing of different agencies and with the help and information from LeadsOnline."

Deputy Ashley Wyant
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

Suspect steals air conditioning unit and sells in nearby city

"I received a case involving a theft of an air conditioning unit from a local oil field business. After speaking with the complainant I had a possible suspect based on the business owner's suspicion. Once I obtained his information, I ran the suspect through LeadsOnline and was made aware that he had sold the item in a nearby city. Without LeadsOnline this case might not have been so easily solved. I think this is a great tool and will aid me in many more investigations in the future."

Sgt. Ben Reynolds
Rusk County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Over $35,000 stolen in tools, suspect arrested

"In keeping the momentum of our new tool, detectives were able to locate several items that were taken in a theft from a local construction company totaling over $35,000 in property. We developed a suspect from this information, apprehended him and got a confession. While a lot of the property still remains unrecovered, some of it has been recovered and the 'bad guy' went to jail. Priceless! Thank you."

Det. Sam Cunningham
Sweetwater Police
Texas

Hardware store robbed, items recovered less than an hour later

"While investigating a report of theft from a local hardware store, we completed a search of the surrounding areas. By putting a BOLO on these searches, we were alerted 50 minutes later of a transaction. All of the property was recovered, and the suspect was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit in a neighboring jurisdiction. LeadsOnline helped clear our case!"

Det. Brian Nugent
Avon Police Department
Indiana

Diamond ring found immediately after joining LeadsOnline

"Within 5 minutes of becoming a member, I was able to solve the theft of an $8,000 diamond ring that was stolen from a jewelry store in our town. Upon checking possible suspects, I found the ring in Philadelphia. A few days later I interviewed the suspect and a confession to the theft was obtained. This is a wonderful tool that paid for itself in five minutes of use. I can just imagine the cases I will be able clear with a full year of use. Our department is quite pleased!"

Sgt. Randy Morris
Bristol Borough Police
Pennsylvania

Chainsaw stolen from local business recovered

"A chainsaw was stolen from a local business, and my Sergeant said that it was likely to be sold because it was brand new and never used. I asked if it had been run through LeadsOnline to check, and she told me that it had not. I logged in to LeadsOnline and ran it through and then put a BOLO on it. Low and behold, I came to work the next day and had a hit on it. The officer received the information, made contact with the shop and is now in the process of getting the property back as well as a warrant for the suspect. All thanks in large part to LeadsOnline!"

Dispatcher Kyle Davis
Bentonville Police Department
Arkansas

$3,800 worth of tools stolen from employer

"While searching a suspect on LeadsOnline, I found he sold approximately $3,800 worth of tools and other property that was stolen from his employer over a four month period. I also discovered other stolen property from previous theft cases. When confronted, the suspect confessed to all the thefts. He was ultimately arrested for felony and misdemeanor theft."

Det. Dave Haselow
Middleton Police Department
Wisconsin

Tools stolen from woodworking shop and sold to local business in North Carolina

"I ran the name of a suspect who has been suspected in several breaking and entering cases in my county, as well as our neighboring county, through LeadsOnline. I got a hit on the suspect showing he sold numerous power tools. A few days later, I was assigned a report of a felony breaking and entering in a woodworking shop, and felony larceny of power tools. I compared the list of stolen power tools to the list of tools sold by the suspect, and it was a match. The suspect was arrested and placed in jail where he still sits. The burglary reports in the area where he operated have dramatically gone down. It is nice to have LeadsOnline as a resource to stop criminals from creating more victims."

Det. Darryl Mcphatter
Robeson County Sheriff's Department
North Carolina

Suspect arrested for shoplifting guitars from major retail chain

"A suspect entered a music store on multiple occasions and stole/shoplifted three guitars with a total price tag of $2,479.97. He sold each one of the guitars at three different businesses located throughout the city. Inventory searches were done at different times and the business generated two reports in this case. The retailer requested prosecution and their loss prevention team has been extremely helpful in the investigation. Our suspect "lawyered" up so there was no interview."

Lieutenant Robert Strausbaugh
Columbus Police Department
Ohio

$10,000 organized crime solved

"I was recently was assigned a case where a male and female were observed on video possibly stealing high valued items from Cabelas. Both individuals were identified through media resources. After learning the identities of the two, a simple check through LeadsOnline was done. During the check, over $10,000 of property was identified to as being pawned by the two individuals at multiple pawn shops. Most of the items were recovered and returned to the store. During both suspects interviews they confessed and provided the name of a third individual. Once the third person was identified, the store located surveillance video of the person stealing items from the store as well. A check through LeadsOnline was done on the third individual, revealing several items of stolen property being pawned. All three suspects have been charged with multiple felonies and over $10,000 of stolen property had been recovered and returned to the store."

Det. Eric Tipton
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

Case closed before the ink dries – everybody wins!

"A suspect stole a necklace valued at approximately $2,000 from a retail store, and he ran to his vehicle and fled. Within 15 minutes, officers spotted the vehicle, but the suspect denied ever being in the store, etc. When store security video matched the driver, officers began searching the vehicle for the necklace, while the suspect continuously changed his story about its whereabouts. He first said he dropped it, and then he threw it into a field, etc. We knew it was a long shot, but we entered his name into LeadsOnline and found he had just sold it at an area jewelry store about 18 minutes earlier. The ink probably wasn't even dry on the receipt yet! The amount he was paid was the exact amount of cash he had on him when he was arrested. The store got its necklace back, the pawn store got their money back, and the suspect is still trying to figure out how his stories fell apart so fast!"

Sharon Konfara
Westland Police Department
Michigan

16 felony charges against Target's Blu-ray thieves

"We had a guy who was stealing hundreds of Blu-ray movies from local Target stores. In two incidents he was stopped by security but produced an expandable baton and fled. We only had photos to go off of. We then searched Blu-rays through LeadsOnline. We compared the MVD photos of those people until we located our guy. We charged him and his neighbor with 16 felony charges."

Det. Jeff Baker
Tucson Police Department
Arizona



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