February 15, 2013
In an effort to further combat crime in Wilkes County, the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is now using LeadsOnline – an investigative system that enables detectives to search for suspects and stolen property across secondhand stores, scrap metal dealers, pawnshops, and internet (eBay) drop-off stores both locally and nationwide. The system equips criminal investigators with the ability to instantly solve crimes and to return goods to their rightful owners. Major David Carson of the Wilkes Sheriff's Office explained:
"This is the largest online investigative system of its kind nationwide. Our investigators are using it to solve crimes ranging from burglaries to homicides by instantly searching for missing items in the transaction records of businesses across the area and the country." The Major also said, "We appreciate the support of our local businesses as they work with us to serve our community."
Wilkes County businesses that accept merchandise from the public throughout the area now have the capability of reporting electronically via LeadsOnline. LeadsOnline (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. The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office began using the system November 28 of last year.