January 27, 2011
Onalaska police are encouraging citizens to catalog valuable items online to expedite efforts to recover them if stolen.
At no cost, the public can record serial numbers, item descriptions and images of expensive items into an online database at reportit.leadsonline.com. Police also can access the information, which can lead to property recovery and an arrest.
Police and Pawn America two years ago started working with LeadsOnline, a nationwide system that helps police with tracking and recovering stolen goods.
"LeadsOnline allows our investigators to search for stolen items that are being sold online and in local pawn shops," Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic said. "This system has allowed us to recover well over $10,000 worth of stolen property in Onalaska."