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Sheriff's office using online investigations

January 17, 2014

Dodge County has added a tool to help solve property crimes.

The Dodge 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 recyclers, precious metal buyers, pawn shops, and internet drop-off stores both locally and nationwide.

Investigators can search for property using serial numbers, suspect name, item descriptions or other information. Most searches are completed within seconds.

"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. We appreciate the support of our local businesses as they work with us to serve our community," said Sheriff Patricia Ninmann.

Without LeadsOnline, investigators would have to conduct time-consuming visits to all stores in the area, collecting paper tickets and computer diskettes and manually filing the tickets into a database.

Keeping up with the volume of information can be costly, and detectives could be limited to searching for stolen property locally.

With LeadsOnline, information is automatically collected from businesses each day. Dodge County businesses that accept merchandise from the public throughout the area are now reporting electronically via LeadsOnline.

"More than 2,700 law enforcement agencies and businesses across the country are using the system to the benefit of countless victims of crime. We're excited about the opportunity to serve Dodge County and are expecting great results," said Dave Finley, CEO of LeadsOnline.

For more information contact Ninmann at 386-3992 or visit


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