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Four arrested for string of burglaries

By Staff Reports

November 30, 2010

FORT WAYNE – Four men were arrested by the Fort Wayne Police Department in connection with a string of residential burglaries on the city's north side after an online system led officers to the suspects.

Police arrested one man Monday during the attempted burglary of a home in the 6400 block of Cathedral Oaks.

That investigation led to the arrest of two other suspects for the same incident. Eventually, all four suspects were taken into custody, according to a story from our newspartner WANE-TV.

Detectives think they can link the men to several similar residential burglaries and auto thefts dating back to May 2009.

Those arrested include:
Kevin N. Bonjour, 18, faces fraud, burglary, and theft charges
Travis W. Bonjour, 22, is charged with receiving stolen property and burglary
Daniel S. Lee, 23, faces theft and burglary charges
Jeremy E. Slater, 20, faces multiple theft charges

Detectives also found several items that had been stolen and returned them to the owners.

With the help of a system called LeadsOnline, many of the items were discovered in local pawn shops.

LeadsOnline is a nationwide database that records transactions at pawn shops and secondhand stores. Police can access that information when someone reports that an item has been stolen.

During follow-up interviews with those individuals, Detective Joseph Lyon, of the Investigative Support Division at Fort Wayne Police Department, said he discovered that they were pawning the stolen items for other people. However, those being questioned would not reveal the names of people who gave them the items to sell.

Finally, in September, a suspect started to name others involved in the theft ring.

Using information provided by those individuals, Det. Lyon turned to LeadsOnline and was able to match items in the system to items sold by the suspects. Through LeadsOnline, Det. Lyon recovered a video camera that was reported stolen in mid-October. Soon after, an exact match for a stolen digital camera popped up tying the suspects to a recent four-home invasion.

As it turned out, the digital camera that was recovered belonged to a single mother who had family photos still on the memory card that was stolen along with the camera.

LeadsOnline uses a variety of ways to search for stolen property, including serial and model numbers, as well as descriptions.

Because the system is an online network, police have real-time access to the information, no matter where the item is sold.

That means if an item is stolen in Fort Wayne and sold across town or across the country, police will be immediately alerted to its location.

Fort Wayne started using LeadsOnline system in 2008.

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