By Greg Funderburg
August 11, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – An online tool is helping law enforcement across the country and right here in the Upstate.
The nationwide database called "LeadsOnline" is able to track down stolen items. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Tony Ivey said that the database is a partnership among law enforcement divisions and pawn shops.
Ivey said that all pawn shop owners have to type in a seller's information from their driver's license and the serial number from the item into the database. He said it is a small task that helps authorities track down stolen goods.
Ivey said that investigators will pay the pawn shop for the stolen property, but deputies will get their money back through the court system. He said that this method saves time, money, and helps recover stolen goods from all across the country.
Residents can help law enforcement recover stolen items quicker by writing down the item's make, model and serial number, and by taking pictures of expensive items in their homes and cars, Ivey said. He also recommended people keep that information in a safe place.