July 9, 2012
The Franklin Police Department said they have arrested a former nursing home employee, Necilda G. Davis, for allegedly stealing an elderly resident's diamond engagement ring.
"People charged with caring for the elderly are in a position of trust and power to an extent. To steal from a defenseless elderly female in your care is utterly despicable," Detective Lieutenant Scott Summers said.
Lieutenant Summers identified and located the stolen ring by searching LeadsOnline, a nationwide database of transactions from secondhand stores, pawn shops and precious metal dealers. Businesses from all 50 states report electronic transactions to law enforcement via LeadsOnline. The information is instantly searchable, allowing detectives in Franklin and across the country to gather evidence and identify stolen property no matter how far the criminal travels.
"LeadsOnline was a key element in coming to a resolution in this case. I would not have been able pursue this case without information gained from LeadsOnline," Lieutenant Summers said.
Lieutenant Summers began his investigation by searching LeadsOnline. When he found an item matching the description, he matched a list of employees from the nursing home with LeadsOnline and found his culprit.
The resident gave a physical description of the aid who she recalled tugging at her finger as she was being put to bed one evening. Ultimately, this implicated Necilda G. Davis of the crime. After being called in for an interview, she gave a full confession and is now awaiting trial.
Lieutenant Summer said, "I am very pleased to have made an arrest in this case. The ring had immeasurable sentimental value for the resident. I feel very confident for a successful prosecution."
Franklin PD implemented LeadsOnline in 2007 to increase clearance rates and streamline the process of receiving paper tickets that were time consuming and inefficient in helping solve crime. Receiving paper tickets from businesses ate up countless and costly man hours, resulting in a method that was complicated to search.
LeadsOnline allows detectives search for stolen property in a variety of ways including serial and model numbers, as well as descriptions. Because the system is an online network that secondhand stores, pawn shops and precious metal dealers report to, police have real-time access to the information, no matter where the item is sold.
For more information, please visit http://www.leadsonline.com or reference Franklin Police Department's case number-12060359F.
LeadsOnline (http://www.leadsonline.com) is the nation's largest online investigative system used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies. The LeadsOnline system serves as an efficient and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world's largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the Chicago Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.