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Tecumseh Police Use LeadsOnline to Catch Thief Stealing from City Manager

November 22, 2013

Police have recovered over $3,000 worth of property that was allegedly stolen by a man to pay for his bond from a previous burglary arrest. Tecumseh Police Department has filed charges with the Poptawatomie County District Attorney's office to request a warrant for the arrest of the Shawnee, Okla. man who is wanted for allegedly burglarizing the home of Tecumseh's city manager. Investigators were able to identify the suspect because of the nationwide search capabilities of LeadsOnline.

Anthony Smith allegedly cut the electricity before burglarizing the detached garage of the Tecumseh's city manager on Sept. 21. Tecumseh Police worked with Shawnee Police Department to identify Smith as a suspect from a similar burglary that took place in Shawnee prior to Sept. 21. LeadsOnline alerted Tecumseh Police on Nov. 17 when the suspect sold some of the stolen property to a business in Shawnee. After questioning Smith, Tecumseh Police received a full confession.

"Without LeadsOnline we never would have had enough evidence to bring the suspect in," said Major JR Kidney of Tecumseh Police Department. "LeadsOnline was very instrumental in leading us to the suspect in order to get the confession and the victim's property back."

LeadsOnline is a nationwide system used by law enforcement to track stolen property that may have been sold across city, county and even state line. More than 50 agencies in Oklahoma and more than 2,750 agencies nationwide use LeadsOnline to instantly search for stolen property that may have been sold at secondhand stores, pawn shops, internet drop off stores, or scrap metal recyclers, across all 50 states.

"Anytime you get a burglar off the street it makes your citizens feel more at ease," Major Kidney said. "Anytime you can return stolen property though, that's definitely what it's all about, because so many times in these burglaries people don't get their property back."

Police were able to recover all $3,000 worth of property stolen. According to police, Smith claimed he was stealing and selling the property in order to pay for his bond from a previous burglary charge.

Smith has been charged with second degree burglary and police have requested a warrant for his arrest through the Poptawatomie County District Attorney's office. He will also face a felony charge of false declarations of a pawn ticket by Shawnee Police. Information in this release is in reference to Tecumseh Police Department case number 1309210795.

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