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Arson

Arson and burglary suspects identified through LeadsOnline

"The Clarke County Sheriff's Department responded to a house fire, and the homeowner realized there were items missing from the outside of the house. We determined that this was actually a burglary and arson, and we received a list of items that were stolen. Later that day, we were searching LeadsOnline for the stolen items and found several that were sold in Mobile, Alabama. Investigators went to the business, retrieved the items, and collected video. With this information, we were able to identify a male and female that lived near the home that was burglarized. The female was arrested, and the male fled to Madison, Wisconsin. He was later was arrested and transported back to Alabama. It was also discovered that the suspects burglarized a total of three homes that day, and most of the items stolen were found using LeadsOnline."

Sgt. Ron Baggette
Clarke County Sheriff's Department
Alabama

Arson suspect confesses when confronted with LeadsOnline evidence

"We were investigating a residential house fire and quickly developed a suspect. The house had been burglarized one week prior to the house fire. The suspect was brought in for an interview and denied everything and anything to do with the house burglary and fire. We then ran the suspect thru LeadsOnline and found that he had pawned over 25 items the same day that the house was burglarized. Of course, the items were the same description as the ones reported stolen by the homeowner (dvd player, playstation, dvds etc...). When the suspect was confronted with the indisputable evidence, he confessed to the burglary and arson of the house. Thanks to leads online, TDC has another customer."

Inv. Dustin Deutsch
Harris County Fire Marshall
Texas

Campus Crime

Multiple suspects charged with felony after $26,000 worth of iPads were stolen

"I wish to express my gratitude to LeadsOnline for all the help given to me in my investigation regarding a Burglary. Taken in this burglary were 63 iPads belonging to the San Antonio Independent School District value at approximately $26,000.00. We entered the iPads by serial number into the Texas Crime Information Center as stolen. We were at a stand-still regarding possible leads to even submit fingerprints to DPS (AFIS) since at the particular point of the investigation, I did not know if the suspected burglars would be juveniles, and their fingerprints unavailable with AFIS. I received notice from "LeadsOnline" that they showed several of the iPads taken from the SAISD in the ecoATM's, they informed me that they did have several of the iPads on hold and would be sending them to me. LeadsOnline provided THREE suspects who sold these items showing the item, serial number, date and time of transaction, complete description to include a driver's license and actual photograph of the exchange; all of which is imperative to a criminal prosecution. Based upon this lead, I drove to the residence of one of the suspects and confronted him regarding the iPads. During that contact, I found yet another suspect present who resembled a suspect we were looking for in two other burglaries and a theft. Upon returning to the office, I ran that new suspect on LeadsOnline and found a stolen battery charger taken from the auto repair class at St. Philip's College and sold at a local business within an hour of the theft depicting the name and identification of the person selling the item. The battery charger was recovered and returned to the owner and a criminal case filed against the suspect. Due to the large volume of iPads taken in the burglary, and based upon LeadsOnline revealing all persons who were involved in the sale of the stolen iPads, I am able to obtain enough evidence to file an "Organized Crime" case, which enhances the charges from a 3rd degree felony, to a 2nd degree felony."

Sergeant Alberto Marin
Alamo College Police Department
Texas

College student's stolen laptop recovered; Spring Hill Police get an A+

"In April I was advised of a missing laptop from a student on campus. The student was able to provide the make, model, and serial number of the missing computer. After filing a report from the student and talking with all the suspects that could have possibly taken the computer. I did a check of the computer at LeadsOnline which came up negative. I then saved the computer information for later activity on the item at local pawn shops. A month later I received an email advising me that the item had been sold at a local pawn shop. The information was used to obtain a confession and guilty verdict on the suspect. Thanks! "

Lieutenant David McLeod
Spring Hill Police Department
Alabama

Cases solved on campus moments after joining LeadsOnline

"I just registered on this site and already solved one of my cases. This is a great tool for all police agencies. I would recommend this for any case dealing with serial numbers. 100 thumbs up!"

Sgt. Victor Griffin
University of Alabama - Birmingham
Alabama

University employee arrested for embezzlement of school property

"While searching local stores for a stolen iPad in July 2012, I found that a subject had pawned eight iPads within a few weeks. The subject was found to be an employee of the University and had access to the iPads. The serial numbers were checked through the University's records and found to belong to the University. The property was recovered, an arrest was made, and the subject pled guilty to embezzlement."

Officer Shana Thompson
Eastern Michigan University Police Department
Michigan

University police find stolen property taken out of state

"Northwestern University police were able to locate 6 laptop computers were stolen by a former employee using LeadsOnline. The computers were stolen here in Illinois and subsequently located in three separate pawn shops in northwest Indiana. The location of these laptops ties in a major part of the investigation to where we could upgrade the charges to a higher class of felony."

Sgt. Robert Wiley
Northwestern University Police Department
Illinois

University police department finds stolen musical instruments and electronics

"I got a one month free trial of LeadsOnline and ran all the serial numbers of stolen items over the past year. I found that a stolen digital camera was pawned. After the arrest of the person who pawned the camera, I traced it back to a custodian at the University who had been working in the area of the theft. I then started checking people that I had arrested in the past, including students, staff and people from off campus. As a result I found that a music student had pawned three tubas at different pawn shops over a six month period. When I checked with the Music Department, they discovered they were missing the three tubas. The tubas were valued at $3000.00 each. The tubas were recovered and the student confessed. As a result of the recovery of the camera and $9000 of University property, I was able to get LeadsOnline in our budget.

Thank you for the free one month trial!"

Det. Tony Griemel
University of Missouri at St. Louis Police Department
Missouri

Rice University Police recover $30,000 violin stolen from campus

"Jiyeon Min's $30,000 violin, along with a pair of $5,000 bows, went missing before her final scheduled performance as a student at the Shepherd School of Music Presidential Concert at Stude Hall. Sgt. Gary Spears picked up the case and knew where to look first. The first thing we did was a LeadsOnline search. I gave it a whirl and searched for all violins with that brand name pawned in Texas and Louisiana over the weekend. There was only one, and it was at a business just down the street. They thought it was worth about $5,000 and they paid him $200 for it. The suspect is known to police for previous thefts, and a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. Spears recovered the violin May 16, and Min, who had gone home to Atlanta, hopped a plane back to Houston that day. She was delighted enough to treat RUPD to coffee and cake as a thank you. This, for me, is the highest-priced item I've recovered from a business. You're getting into the price of cars with a $30,000 violin. It was a big case for us.."

Sgt. Gary Spears
Rice University Police Department
Texas

LeadsOnline brings law enforcement out of stone age

"On the second day on LeadsOnline, we discovered an internal theft problem that had been ongoing for over two years. I have been a police officer, industrial security specialist, licensed private investigator for nearly twenty years. I have solved numerous burglaries, thefts, and scams by utilizing information I could gain from pawn shops and second hand stores. I had to do it during the stone-age when you had to go around to the different agencies and go through stacks and stacks of IBM computer paper printouts searching line by line. This took hours, if not days at times. LeadsOnline is one of the finest tools for law-enforcement that I have had the privilege to use lately. Again, I want to thank you for introducing it to our small university police department."

Sgt. Steve Fomby
Centenary College Police Department
Louisiana

Small law enforcement agency budget eased by using LeadsOnline

"I work for The University of Texas System Police at one of the smaller components. As such we have very limited resources. Beginning in the fall semester we started experiencing a string of thefts, with no suspects or leads. I heard about your service from another agency. The idea seemed better than thumbing through pawn tickets. I signed up for your 30-day free trial. We recently had four musical instruments stolen. I put in the serial number for the first instrument; no success. I put in the serial number for the second instrument; I found a match (I checked three times because I couldn't believe it). Then I found another match. I even found, through the keyword search, the first instrument. (The Music Department had given me an incomplete serial number.) In total, I found 3 out of the 4 instruments for a recovery of $3,000. This one recovery will pay for 3 years service with money left over. Once I had the suspect's name, I found he had pawned 24 instruments in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and all over Texas. Through regular channels I found two outstanding felony warrants from Nebraska and South Carolina. LeadsOnline will surely help recover tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hopefully it will also enhance the penalties for this professional thief. Let me say thanks. If not for the free trial, I would be chasing my tail forever."

Officer Mark Pierce
University of Texas System Police
Texas

$30,000 in stolen musical instruments recovered via LeadsOnline

"During our 30 day trial, over $30,000 (yes, thirty thousand dollars) of stolen musical instruments have been recovered in Texas and Alabama by using LeadsOnline. Not only were we able to recover the instruments – the suspect was linked to other crimes committed in other states. Before LeadsOnline, we would have to request pawnshop information from numerous different state agencies, which made it too time-consuming for our available resources. (That's just checking Oklahoma pawnshops.) With LeadsOnline, we can check pawnshops nationwide in the time it once took to check the 6 pawnshops in Oklahoma City. The minimal cost required for LeadsOnline has more than paid for itself already."

Det. Scott Gibbons
Oklahoma University Police Department
Oklahoma

Musical instruments stolen from University music building; Recovered using LeadsOnline

"The University of Texas Police Department was able to recover approximately $10,000 worth of musical instruments that were taken in a burglary from the music building two weeks earlier. As a result of LeadsOnline, we were able to recover the musical instruments in another city and charge the suspect in this case with burglary. I have also cleared another case in which the same suspect was involved as a result information provided to me through LeadsOnline. Thank you, LeadsOnline, for providing me with one of the best systems for solving property crimes."

Sgt. Donna Maga
Criminal Investigation
University of Texas Police Department
Texas

Suspect runs, but can't hide thanks to LeadsOnline

"LeadsOnline assists me in finding suspects that have left the area and are out on bond. I located a defendant on the other end of the state. He had stolen several musical instruments from the University and students. I recovered several of the items in Huntsville and Birmingham. He was selling stolen property to music stores. The defendant was out on bond for robbery from the Huntsville area when he committed the thefts on campus. LeadsOnline shows him pawning stolen jewelry in the Montgomery area. He is a suspect in a robbery in Montgomery."

Sgt. Shawn Giddy
Jacksonville State University Police Department
Alabama

Staff member proves to be bad apple

"We were able to find a stolen camcorder, which in turn led to the arrest of a University staff member."

Det. Travis Lively
Texas A&M University Police Department

Multiple cities, one great service

"I have been pleased with the LeadsOnline service. I was recently working on a case involving a person who had pawned items in multiple cities. Using LeadsOnline I was able to trace down items pawned in Dallas, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Irving and Ft. Worth without leaving my desk.

This used to take days to follow-up. I have been able to recover several items and with the cooperation of many pawn shop owners we will be bringing the suspect to justice."

Det. Daniel Claxton
Dallas ISD Police Department
Texas

Cyber Crime

California law enforcement detective caps off investigation by returning stolen collectibles to owner

"While investigating a residential burglary of high value of $100,000 collectible items I contacted LeadsOnline and requested assistance using the eBay search function. LeadsOnline was extremely helpful and walked me through the search functions. Over the following weeks I regularly searched for the specific stolen items on eBay.com. When I located potential matches I used the eBay search function on LeadsOnline to obtain account holder information. This saved hours and hours of investigation and warrant writing as I was able to easily obtain the information needed from LeadsOnline to eliminate suspects. Eventually all the searching paid off when I located one item of property for sale on eBay.com. Using LeadsOnline I was able to search using the suspect's username and obtain his full name and contact information. I was then able to obtain a search warrant and recover approximately 90% of the stolen items. Thank you, LeadsOnline!"

Detective Kellye Netz
Atascadero Police Department
California

Employee theft of auto parts solved via LeadsOnline eBay. Back to Normal in Illinois.

"Thanks for teaming with eBay. I was able to use your eBay search to locate numerous stolen items related to an auto parts manager stealing items from a dealership and selling them on eBay. He sold over $10,000 in auto parts. Thanks to LeadsOnline, we were able to track a lot of the items down. This tool was a big part of making the business owner happy with our investigation. Thanks."

Detective Jake Zabukovec
Normal Illinois Police Department
Illinois

Stolen lab equipment found in New Haven. Everybody Yale!

"I was informed that a suspect was selling portable hard drives on eBay. I utilized LeadsOnline, which enabled me to view the suspect's eBay account. I determined he had numerous hard drives and very expensive laboratory equipment listed for sale similar to those reported stolen from Yale University laboratories over the past year. Using LeadsOnline I was able to obtain the name and telephone number of the two separate individuals who purchased the laboratory equipment. I was also able to serve a search warrant for the suspect's residence, and we recovered 10 hard drives, as well has other items from Yale University. We recovered $20,000 worth of stolen items."

Detective Paul Sires Yale Police Department
Connecticut

LeadsOnline helps close case and recover stolen photography equipment on eBay

"Okaloosa County Deputies took a report of a vehicle burglary in a Fort Walton Beach neighborhood. The victim said that someone had entered his vehicle while it was parked in the driveway of his residence. The suspect stole approximately $43,603 worth of professional photography equipment and other personal property. A few days later, photography equipment matching the description of what was stolen from the vehicle burglary was located for sale on eBay. Using LeadsOnline, we determined the account of the seller belonged to a female in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We made contact with the female and she informed us that her boyfriend had used her account to sell some photography equipment that he purchased with the intent of reselling. After an in-depth interview with the boyfriend, he confessed to stealing the property and we were able to recover approximately $36,242 worth of the property and deliver it back to a VERY happy victim."

Inv. Nolan Weeks
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department
Florida

LeadsOnline helps police track juvenile runaway

"Our agency was investigating the disappearance of a 16 year old female. While we were confident that she had left on her own volition, there had been no contact with her by her close friends or family over the week she was missing. We were able to determine through her friends that she had met a complete stranger through social media, and it was likely she was with him. Through records of electronic media, were able to get a possible name and a contact phone number he used in contacting her. His social media pages were generic and provided no assistance in identifying him. After all other outlets; phone companies, ISP providers, social media legal staff, etc., failed us, we ran his name through LeadsOnlline. We got a hit right away. Using the information provided to us by LeadsOnline, we contacted authorities in Florida who confirmed by driver's license number that the Florida license picture was the same person in the social media pages. From there we used utility billing on an address here in Tennessee, two counties away, to locate both the man and the juvenile. This adult individual had met her on social media, packed up and moved from Florida less than two weeks after his first contact with her, and convinced her to go with him. We learned the first thing he did when she joined him was smash her phone. According to her, 'he said the police can't find you if they don't know anything about me and you don't have a phone to be tracked." He didn't think about his history in secondhand businesses. Without the LeadsOnline hit we would still be looking for both of them. She is safe at home and no charges are pending on him yet because the parents are concerned about the juvenile's social media actions which led to the events."

Det. Doug Brannon
Monroe County Sheriff's Department
Tennessee

Stolen cell phones and iPods recovered on eBay

"I was investigating a case where numerous cell phones and iPods were stolen from a local high school. One of the phones was reported as stolen by the person who purchased it on eBay because of a message on the screen when she received it. I received information from the buyer about the eBay seller and used LeadsOnline to determine who the seller was. I learned he sold seven more items that were also stolen from his school. LeadsOnline saved me numerous hours of work by having the information available at my fingertips."

Det. John Mick
Lower Merion Police Department
Pennsylvania

Speedy customer services helps an Alabama detective track down stolen property

"While investigating numerous thefts, I contacted LeadsOnline because I was unable to run a search through eBay listings to look for stolen property. I use LeasdsOnline on a regular basis; however, I have never conducted a search for user ID info through the eBay search. I emailed LeadsOnline with a question and was contacted almost immediately. The employee explained to me how to get the information I was requesting. I was able to search and pull up all listings for the suspect which included numerous suspected stolen items. I later interviewed the suspect and obtained a confession on how she stole all these items from a local store. I used the listings to verify everything she stole. I was able to recover some of the stolen property and return it to its owner. By using LeadsOnline, I was able to identify numerous other stolen items besides what was originally reported, and then make an arrest."

Det. Darren Wolters
Normal Police Department
Illinois

Employee theft identified with instant access to eBay information for law enforcement

"I recently was assigned to investigate a case where an employee was listing products owned by his employer on eBay. Once the eBay auction was complete, the employee was getting the items off of the employer's shelf and shipping the items to the auction winner, at the employer's cost. The eBay search function greatly sped up the process of checking the seller's history and confirming that around 30 transactions had been completed, and another 70 or so had been attempted. The employee confessed to the activity, but when confronted with the amount of thefts was somewhat surprised at the amount."

Deputy Sheriff Frank Bergmark
Hall County Sheriff's Office
Nebraska

Michigan detectives solve cyber crime in no time with eBay First Responder Service

"Day shift took a report of two-way radios being taken out of 17 trucks over the weekend. A detective was assigned the case and began following up on it. He searched the radios in LeadsOnline, for eBay postings of radios for sale and found a posting for the radios. The detective then drilled down in the records for the seller of the radios. Those records identified a Pontiac woman's eBay account. An interview of the woman produced confession of her involvement in the theft and sale. The case is still being investigated to identify the male involved in the theft with the Pontiac woman."

Lt. Jim McDonnell
Auburn Hills Police Department
Michigan

California detective solves cyber crime in record time

"I used the eBay search tool through LeadsOnline for the first time and instantly received information on a potential suspect who lived in our city. Immediate follow-up was conducted at the suspect's residence and the stolen property, worth approximately $9,000, was recovered from his home! I am thankful for the partnership LeadsOnline has with eBay because without it, I don't think I would have been able to locate this property. Needless to say, the victim was ecstatic to hear his property was recovered in record breaking time!"

Det. Stacy Orchulli
El Cajon Police Department
California

Suspect selling stolen military items identified in no time

"On Monday I was handed a theft case from my Chief of Police. Someone was selling a military item on eBay that was believed to be stolen. I contacted LeadsOnline and spoke with someone on their support team, while on the phone with him, I was able to look up and identify the suspect. Thanks to this search, I was able to identify my suspect and write a search warrant for the suspect's residence. To top it off, I recovered two of the stolen military items, and the suspect was in jail the very next day. LeadsOnline streamlined the investigation process with the eBay First Responder Service."

Det. Bob Hayes
LaVergne Police Department
Tennessee

LeadsOnline reveals cybercrime and shoplifting operation in Minnesota

"I just signed up for my LeadsOnline trial this week. I was looking for information on obtaining user information to an eBay account, and before starting the subpoena process with eBay, I saw the link to try eBay First Responder through LeadsOnline. Looking for a resource that may expedite my investigation, I gave LeadsOnline a try. In no time at all, I received a call from a representative who was very helpful in setting up my account and giving me a quick tutorial on how to use the program. After ending our call, I put the suspect's eBay seller account name into the database and received the information I had planned on not receiving for several weeks had I requested information via a subpoena. Two days later, a neighboring agency and I arranged an undercover meeting with the suspect. The suspect was later arrested after admitting she was selling stolen merchandise. A subsequent search of the suspect's house found many stolen items and revealed the suspect was involved in a large shoplifting operation that involved approximately 12 stores in our area. I'm very appreciative that I found this resource! I know it will be beneficial in the future as well!"

Det. Derek Randall
Cloquet Police Department
Minnesota

First day with LeadsOnline reaps success

"On the first day of using LeadsOnline, another detective in my bureau had a burglary investigation that resulted in the identification of the suspect's eBay account name. I used LeadsOnline to search for the eBay username and located the suspect's information. The eBay information helped identify the suspects in the burglary."

Lead Investigator III Anthony Pelato
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
California

eBay First Responder Service catches boat burglar wanted for nine months

"Our department spent nine months tracking boat burglars up and down the Connecticut shoreline. The suspects had stolen items totaling $40,000 - $50,000 such as expensive GPS devices, laptops and binoculars. We found many of the items listed on eBay, and using LeadsOnline eBay First Responder Service, we were able to contact buyers which allowed us to positively identify the property as stolen. Because of the eBay First Responder Service, we were able to locate stole property across the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Australia. Upon apprehending our main suspect, we found that he had been wanted on warrants since 2009, and because of the evidence provided through LeadsOnline, he confessed to more than 30 boat burglaries. His accomplice was also arrested. Without the valuable information and help I received from LeadsOnline and the staff there, this case could still be open."

Officer Greg Matakaetis
Clinton Police Department
Connecticut

Identity Theft

Ex-employee is caught using the company's name to commit fraud

"I was assigned to investigate a commercial burglary where the business suspected an ex-employee. I then entered the subject as a person of interest. Soon after I began receiving notifications of the subject's transaction activity. When I checked the items sold I contacted the victim who stated that the sold items were not items that were stolen from his business. However, upon further review the victim discovered that those items had been fraudulently rented from a tool distributer using his business name. The tool distributor was then contacted and advised of the fraud. The offense occurred in a different jurisdiction, but the distributor was able to locate their property and the information was passed on to that agency so that the proper charges could be filed."

South Holland Police Department
Detective John Pedric
Illinois

Police identify mystery woman in Georgia auto theft

"I worked a case that involved a female renting a vehicle using a fraudulent identification and refusing to bring it back. The suspect's true identity was unknown and no surveillance footage was available at the rental location. I reviewed surveillance footage from the business which showed the fraudulently obtained vehicle enter the parking lot just prior to the transaction found in LeadsOnline. A photo lineup was provided to the car rental employee who picked the suspect out. Arrest warrants were taken out on the suspect."

Sergeant Cody Smith
College Park Police Department
Georgia

Tricky suspect tries to hide behind his mother

"I recently had a burglary where numerous common power tools were taken, Dewalt, Skil etc... I also had suspect info or so I thought. Nothing turned up on the suspect name that I had. However, by searching LeadsOnline, I was able to locate the suspect and the stolen property. He had a different spelling for his first name and the last name he used was his mother's maiden name. Without this feature I really don't think it would of been found so easily. Thank you LeadsOnline. You Rock!"

Detective Jason Hicks
Clay County Sheriff Office
Minnesota

Suspects use stolen credit cards to buy and sell items for cash

"I used LeadsOnline to successfully arrest two burglars. They were using stolen credit cards to purchase electronics and were turning around to sell them for cash. I knew the identities of the suspects, and I conducted queries on both of them on LeadsOnline. I discovered they were selling a large amount of computer related items. Those items were seized from the shops, and I traced the serial numbers back to the stores where they were purchased. I discovered they were bought with credit cards that were stolen in recent burglaries."

Det. Jason Cirbo
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Colorado

Florida police solve identity theft case with LeadsOnline

"We had a victim who received a statement from her bank for the cost of a Dell Laptop that she did not purchase. The victim filed a police report for identity theft in which she suspected her neighbor as a possible suspect. The neighbor was interviewed and denied the allegations and/or purchasing a Dell Laptop. A few weeks later I attended a training on LeadsOnline hosted by Anya and Travis. I ran the neighbor on LeadsOnline, and discovered the neighbor sold several items at a local business in our city. One of the items was a Dell Laptop that was the same color and model of the Dell Laptop purchased with the victim's personal information. The neighbor was interviewed again and shown the transaction ticket showing the neighbor sold a Dell Laptop. This time she admitted to the fraudulent use of the victim's personal information, purchasing the Dell Laptop and selling it. She was charged and transported to jail. LeadsOnline is a great tool for law enforcement!"

Det. Juan Amaro
Hialeah Police Department
Florida

Electronic reporting instantly reveals suspects and a host of other crimes

"On January 30, at approximately, 11:30 a.m., a burglary occurred in Lake Mexia of Limestone County. After the case was forwarded to me on January 31, I checked LeadsOnline and found one of my suspects pawning several items from the burglary by 2:30 p.m. (3 hours after the burglary). This information led to the arrest of the first suspect. This first arrest led to two other arrests. The third arrest took place after the suspect led me on a 20 minute vehicle pursuit. The impoundment of the vehicle, which was used in the pursuit, was the vehicle involved in the Lake Mexia burglary. An inventory of the vehicle opened new cases on additional key players for POCS, credit card abuse, Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and POM. Thank you LeadsOnline! You guys are helping us make a tremendous impact in Limestone County."

Sgt. Jason Ash
Limestone County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Stolen property recovered for American soldier serving in Afghanistan

"Our agency received a report of an apartment burglary. The difficult part about this case was that the victim in this case was serving our country in Afghanistan. The victim provided us with a list of items taken, but he did not provide serial numbers. During the investigation, we discovered that the victim's identification was also taken and that the perpetrator was using it to purchase various mobile phones. The phones were being delivered to the victim's address but were always intercepted by the perpetrator. LeadsOnline helped us in the arrest and confession of two of the victim's next door neighbors. Most of the stolen items as well as ALL of the phones were recovered and returned to the owners."

Det. Reginald Cooper
Byram Police Department
Mississippi

Burglary suspect leads California detectives to identity thief

"I conducted a check of stolen property by running the name of a possible suspect. The name and birth date of the suspect showed matches for three pawns in the Pacific Beach San Diego area. Two of the three pawns matched stolen property from two vehicle burglaries, one ring and one purse. While the purse (Coach) is common the description by the victim matched perfectly. The ring, which was a family heirloom, also matched perfectly. With the assistance of LeadsOnline we were able to positively identify the suspect and make an arrest, which led to the arrest of a second suspect for unrelated crimes of identity theft. Thank you Leads Online for the assist."

Det. Aaron Mansker
Coronado Police Department
California

Multi-jurisdictional identity theft case solved via LeadsOnline

"Identity theft suspect identified through LeadsOnline hit. One simple pawn report led me to the true identity of a multi-jurisdictional identity thief. The suspect used the victim's identity to pawn some property. The video from that store gave me what I needed to positively identify the suspect and add one more count to the charge sheet. LeadsOnline comes through again."

Det. Paul Armbrust
Lake Forest Park Police Department
Washington

Metal Theft

Officer shows great dedication to law enforcement

"In April, Officer Brauner was researching scrap sales on LeadsOnline and discovered the sale of new copper bus bars. Officer Brauner's investigation revealed the theft of over $30,000.00 worth of material stolen from the complainant. The complainant said in a letter they never suspected the material was being stolen and the process was extremely quick and efficient. Officer Brauner's investigation resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of $1214.72 worth of material. I would like to commend Officer K.B Brauner for his hard work and dedication to the citizens of Houston, Harris County, Texas."

Sergeant Jesse Fite
Houston Police Department
Texas

Scrapyard search proves to be powerful and useful tool

"As all of the Investigators know, Scrapyard Search is a very powerful and useful tool. This year I had a very interesting case where a subject was breaking into cell tower sites and then accessing the locked metal cabinets that contained the cell tower site battery back-ups. Each carrier has its own locked cabinet containing their own back-up batteries. This subject would access the cabinets and disconnect and take the batteries getting between 6-18 batteries at each site. (Battery 200 lbs. and $800.00 each) Also leaving the cell tower site with no back-up or 911, if power is lost. The subject would then go to an area scrapyard with the batteries, posing as a cell company employee, with forged paperwork and sell the batteries as scrap. This subject was entering cell sites in several states and taking and scrapping batteries. This subject did this in my jurisdiction several times and later exited the state. A month later, he re-entered the state and started scrapping the back-up batteries again and that's when I caught him at a local scrapyard with stolen batteries and later he was charged with the thefts. This would not have been accomplished without the scrapyard search and these cell companies would still have their cell towers at risk. Thanks, LeadsOnline."

Detective J. Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

Houston PD obtains confessions after using LeadsOnline

"In April, aluminum grates were stolen from around downtown Houston. The grates were placed around the trees near the sidewalk. I obtained pictures of the grates from the victim. I sent a theft alert out to the scrap metal industry at the end of April looking for the grates. A few days later, I asked Officer Cohn to look for the grates on LeadsOnline. Officer Cohn located the grates sold to a local scrap yard within an hour. We tracked the grates to the final destination and were able to recover 6 grates the same day. Two suspects have been identified, confessions were obtained and charges will be filed."

Sergeant Jesse Fite
Houston Police Department
Texas

Houston police arrest suspects for scrapping large amounts of stolen copper wire

"I was called out to a scene by a patrol officer who had a large amount of wire stolen from a 30-acre yard that inventoried pipe and wiring. The wire was distinctive because it was incased in an orange, ribbed insulation. Within that insulation was a steel sheathing, then three large wires and one small wire inside. I followed the drag marks on the ground to a cut in the fenced in the perimeter. The scene also showed a roll of duct tape near the wooden spool that the wire was stolen from and pieces of raveled duct tape along the drag marks on the ground. I noted the address of the apartment complex just outside the cut fence and ran the address of the apartment complex through LeadsOnline. I found the suspect because he sold the exact material to a scrap yard and used an ID that had an address of that apartment complex. I was able to recover $6,000 worth of wire at the scrap yard and charge him for third degree aggregate theft for two thefts that occurred at the same location exactly one month apart. Without LeadsOnline there would not have been any leads in this case, and the thieves would have gotten away with over $66,000 worth of copper from the same complainant in a one month period."

Senior Officer Kyle Brauner
Houston Police Department
Texas

North Carolina detective locates stolen copper and clears the case two days after the crime

"Rockstar status in the scrap yard!! Gotta love finding copper, tools of the trade, and clearing cases within two days of the crime. LeadsOnline ROCKS!!"

Det. Kristy Cox
Oak Island Police Department
North Carolina

LeadsOnline helps Houston PD crack down on local business' employee theft

"We received a phone call from the president of a company regarding possible employee theft. She informed me that she suspected that some of her employees were stealing copper cable and selling it as scrap, and she did not know what to do. A few weeks later, the complainant called again stating that 14,000 feet of network cable had been discovered missing, and she suspected that it was her employees. The complainant had filed a theft report with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. I requested that she send me a list of all her employees that have access to the material, and she sent a list of 24 names and drivers license numbers. I ran the names and driver license number on LeadsOnline, and found that between January 1, 2014 and October 15, 2014, eight employees sold over 9,000 pounds of copper cable to area scrap metal businesses. I filed charges on all eight employees and made arrangements to arrest them at work. Since the investigation was started, two of the individuals had left the company. We took the six individuals into custody at the work place. The arrest sent out a very loud and clear message to the rest of the employees that stealing from the company was not tolerated. The total amount of the loss by the company was estimated at over $150,000 dollars."

Officer Oscar Gamez
Houston Police Department
Texas

California PD discover ring of copper thieves while using the LeadsOnline free trial

"My agency gained access to LeadsOnline using the 30-day free trial. Within two hours of having an open LeadsOnline account, our detectives were able to identify a ring of copper thieves that have been plaguing a local business for months. The very next morning we had all four in our custody and located several hundred pounds of stolen copper. We currently have pending charges on three of the subjects."

Sgt. Troy Adams
Belmont Police Department
California

Suspect arrested for scrapping and selling stolen property across state lines

"I recently conducted a burglary and theft investigation and because of LeadsOnline, I was able to make an arrest and obtain a confession from the suspect. The suspect had broken into an elderly man's residence and stolen well over $3,000 worth of property including a surround systems, tools, a handmade barbeque grill with wheels, a 10-foot trailer, washing machine and dryer, Canon digital camera, etc. Through the course of the investigation, a potential suspect was developed, and his driver's license number was checked through the system. It was discovered he pawned several of the stolen items in Memphis, Tennessee. Morris also sold property to a scrap yard in Osceola that was also stolen from the residence. Without the use of LeadsOnline, I don't believe I would have been able to make an arrest or recover any property. "

Det. Corporal Chris Ellis
Osceola Police Department
Arkansas

Ohio Police crack metal theft case targeting a local egg farm

"Better late than never. A while ago, the Licking County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation into a large amount of metal being stolen from an egg farm located in Croton, Ohio. During this time, the egg farm was constructing a new building, which they purchased all the material from a company overseas. As the investigation persisted, LeadsOnline was used to search for whoever was stealing the metal, but nothing was found locally. A month later, two individuals were found on the property of the egg farm, and I questioned them about the theft of the metal. During this interview, I discovered there was a large theft ring, and most of the thefts were being committed at egg farm. By checking all the names through LeadsOnline, I was able to locate eight individuals who were selling the stolen metal to scrap yards in Columbus. All individuals were investigated and eventually arrested for the theft of metal. The total loss for the egg farm was over $1,000,000."

Det. Sgt. Jay Cook
Licking County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

San Antonio PD catches another copper thief with LeadsOnline

"Using the scrap yard search on LeadsOnline, I was able to locate and positively identify an active burglar who has been hitting the industrial businesses in our jurisdiction. The burglar was breaking into the businesses and stealing copper. Although I was not able to recover the copper stolen in the burglaries, I was able to file on the burglar. The suspect has a lengthy criminal record including multiple burglary cases. LeadsOnline provided photos of the burglar which showed him wearing the same clothing and unique backpack he was wearing when he committed the burglary. FYI this isn't the first time I have been able to catch copper thieves using LeadsOnline. Thank you for your help!"

Det. Alejandro Martinez
San Antonio Police Department
Texas

Arkansas Police benefit from LeadsOnline statewide system for solving crimes

"I recently conducted a burglary and theft investigation and due to LeadsOnline, I was able to make an arrest and also obtained a confession from the suspect. The suspect had broken into an elderly man's residence and stolen well over $3,000 worth of property from the residence including surround systems, tools, a handmade bbq grill with wheels, 10-foot trailer, washing machine and dryer, Canon digital camera, etc. Through the course of the investigation, we developed an additional suspect, and his driver's license number was checked through scrap yard and pawnshops. It was discovered that he sold several of the stolen items in Memphis, TN. The suspect had also sold property to the scrapyard in Osceola, AR, which was also stolen from the residence. Without the use of leadsonline.com, I don't believe I would have been able to make an arrest and recover any property."

Det.Corporal Chris Ellis
Osceola Police Department
Arkansas

Eggcellent work by Ohio detectives

"Better late than never. On March 30, the Licking County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation into a large amount of metal being stolen from Ohio Fresh Eggs, which is an egg farm located in Croton Ohio. During this time, the Croton egg farm was constructing a new building. As the investigation persisted, LeadsOnline was accessed in search of whoever was stealing the metal, but nothing was ever found locally. On April 8th, two individuals where found on the property of Ohio Fresh Eggs, and I questioned them about the theft of the metal. During this interview we discovered there was a large theft ring, and most of the thefts were being committed at the Croton egg farm, with several individuals involved. When checking all the names through LeadsOnline, I was able to locate eight individuals who were selling the stolen metal to scrap yards in Columbus. All individuals were investigated and eventually arrested for the theft of metal. The total loss for the Ohio Fresh Eggs was over $1,000,000."

Det. Sgt. Jay Cook
Licking County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

Police arrest home health worker who preys on elderly

"I was able to recover close to $20,000 worth of stolen heirloom jewelry that was sold to pawn shops several cities away by a home health care worker who was preying on elderly women."

Det. B. Richardson
Tarboro Police Department
North Carolina

Unknown scrap thief identified with search capabilities of LeadsOnline

"LeadsOnline is an invaluable tool! We were getting hit with scrap metal thefts at a particular business here in Greenfield. I placed a camera in the area and captured photos of the suspect stealing the metal. I was only able to capture a partial license plate of 459. I entered the partial plate and the words stainless steel into the scrap search fields of LeadsOnline. I received a hit on the search and after reviewing the photos posted by the scrap yard, I identified my suspect. Thanks to LeadsOnline we now have another thief off the streets."

Sgt. Jerald Fortner
Greenfield Police Department
Indiana

Suspect confessed to stealing vehicle and scrap metal in Boone County

"A local business in Boone County, Kentucky was burglarized and several scrap metal items and a vehicle were stolen. The crime was reported and the next day we searched LeadsOnline and the results tracked back to one of our suspects. The suspect confessed to the burglary, theft of the vehicle, and told us who the accomplice was. LeadsOnline was essential to the unfolding of this investigation, the recovery of property, and the future successful prosecution of multiple suspects."

Deputy Sheriff Adam Schepis
Boone County Sheriff's Office
Kentucky

Serial burglar in Arizona taken off the streets with help of LeadsOnline

"I assisted in an investigation regarding a stolen vehicle where the victim knew the suspect. Details about how the vehicle was stolen were sketchy at firs,t and it was not clear as to whether the suspect had the legal authority to drive the vehicle. During the initial follow up, we learned the suspect was wanted out of the Arizona Department of Corrections for a parole violation. The suspect was a former employee at a scrap yard and frequently took items to various recycling yards in the area from thefts he committed. Since the suspect was wanted for questioning in a stolen vehicle case, was the subject of an outstanding warrant, and was more than likely involved in several theft/burglary cases, it became a high priority to track this suspect down. Using LeadsOnline, I learned valuable information about his pattern of selling. I made contact with the manager of a scrap yard he frequented and informed him of the investigation. They agreed to call me when the suspect showed up. Within two hours my phone was ringing and the suspect had arrived at the yard. I took the suspect into custody as he left, recovered the stolen vehicle, eliminated the warrant and found he had just committed multiple burglaries of vacant residents. Without the information from LeadsOnline, this individual who had no permanent address, would not have been located and apprehended. A highly active thief is now back in prison serving out his sentence and is also up on new charges thanks to LeadsOnline. Thank you for all you do."

Officer Kris Bertz
Phoenix Police Department
Arizona

LeadsOnline identifies Ohio suspect selling stolen scrap metal

"I was assigned a theft case involving approximately $4,500 in stolen aluminum coils and chain link fencing. Using LeadsOnline, I searched a possible suspect name provided by the victim. Within a few seconds, I had a hit on the suspect that showed he had recently scrapped a large amount of aluminum and galvanized steel at a local scrap yard. I followed up at the scrap yard which provided photos of the suspect and the items that he scrapped. The items were positively identified by the victim. Charges are pending in this case."

Det. Mike Scholles
Tallmadge Police Department
Ohio

Suspect arrested for scrapping stolen metal outside of sheriff's jurisdiction

"I located a suspect who was scrapping large amounts of stolen metal, over a couple months, outside of my jurisdiction. After some research, I was able to identify the items as two distinct parts for a train, which were manufactured in our area. After contacting the manufacturing business it was determined that over $30,000 worth of product was stolen. I was able to match up the weight of the stolen product with the weight of the product scrapped at two separate scrap yards by our suspect. This was confirmed by the photos from LeadsOnline and the scrap yards. The same subject also sold various other items, which were retrieved, and I located the business where the items were stolen from. Once the suspect was confronted with the LeadsOnline photos of her scrapping the items she gave a complete confession to the felony theft and a separate burglary."

Det. Nathan Moravec
Kane County Sheriff's Office
Illinois

Florida police arrest suspect for stealing scaffolding from side of business

"A victim stated a large amount of rebar and 19 pieces of scaffolding were taken from the side of a business. An employee for the business recalled seeing a silver Nissan pickup truck exiting the north end of the business parking lot and the pickup had scaffolding frames in the bed of the truck. From two incidents, about 2,500 pounds of rebar valued at $1,500 and 38 scaffolding frames with a value of $5,700 were missing. The total value of all the stolen items was $7,200. During my investigation, I used LeadsOnline to learn a suspect who drives a silver Nissan pickup truck, had done a lot of scrapping, including a large amount of rebar and metal. While speaking with the subject he admitted to taking rebar he saw by a dumpster. He denied taking any other metal, including scaffolding frames. He pointed out an area within a few feet of the dumpster and claimed this was where he found the rebar. I showed him examples of the scaffolding that was taken, and he denied taking any items that looked like it. Using LeadsOnline I discovered there were 5 specific transactions that involved a large amount of rebar and/ or scaffolding frames. I saw clear photos of scaffolding, exactly like the scaffolding I showed the subject earlier in the day but he denied, in the back of the pickup truck. The subject was arrested and was transported to the police station for an interview. During an interview post-Miranda, he admitted to taking the metal frames which were not by the dumpster. He freely admitted to two instances of going to the business for items, but when he was shown pictures of five different truckloads of rebar he admitted it was possible he got items from the business on five different occasions. He was charged with two violations, one charge for each case number/affidavit, two counts of grand theft valued at $300 or more but less than $5,000."

Det. Richard Giaccone
Port St. Lucie Police Department
Florida

Police use LeadsOnline to identify suspect in out of jurisdiction metal theft case

"Detective William Skaggs received information from Captain Ollie Collins, using LeadsOnline, about a suspect scrapping a large amount of copper. Det. Skaggs then made contact with the business who told him the suspect was coming in multiple times in the past week with copper. It was known through our department that Blytheville, Police Department had a copper theft report that matched some of the property our suspect scrapped. We spoke with detectives from Blytheville and it was believed this could be connected. Shortly after leaving the scrap business, I received a phone call from the scrap business that our suspect just called and told them he was on his way with more 'pretty copper!' The car our suspect was driving was obviously loaded with something heavy by the way the back was squatting. The suspect gave me consent to search his vehicle, and we found the truck was packed full of cut copper wire and some type of copper sheets. It was discovered the copper wire was stolen in Blytheville. This case was ultimately turned over to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department for further investigation and prosecution, but without the assistance of LeadsOnline, the theft would have never been discovered."

Sgt. Chris Ellis
Osceola Police Department
Arkansas

Ohio police catch ring of metal theft suspects targeting several counties

"Using LeadsOnline, we identified a ring of suspects breaking into vacant and under construction residences in several counties. They were stealing copper plumbing and electrical wiring. This allowed a multi-agency surveillance operation, confirming their stops with scrap metals sold. We received a 30-count indictment on both the father and son suspects with further indicted suspects possibly forthcoming. Without LeadsOnline, suspects would not have been identified and Det. Justice would have only been able to charge Misdemeanor Theft at best."

Inv. Assistant Lisa Mead-O'Connor
Union County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

Suspect caught selling stolen metal in multiple jurisdictions

"Using LeadsOnline, I discovered a suspect had been selling large amounts of copper. Blytheville PD was investigating a metal theft case involving copper and the suspect was connected. I made contact with the business owner and he advised me that the suspect was on his way with more of that 'pretty copper!' The suspect gave consent to search his vehicle and the truck was packed full of cut copper wire. Also in the back seat was a box containing copper sheets. The suspect was brought back to the Osceola PD and gave a taped confession. He was given a bond and is awaiting trial. Thank you LeadsOnline for such an outstanding database."

Capt. Ollie Collins
Osceola Police Department
Arkansas

Farm equipment stolen and scrapped

"Our office received a complaint from a subject in our parish who said his farm equipment was stolen and possibly sold as scrap metal. The victim's neighbor said he saw two males on the property the day before, cutting up his farm equipment with a cutting torch. The complainant said he checked his property and had approximately $2,500 in farm equipment stolen. The complainant gave me a name of two subjects he suspected. I placed both of those subjects in a photograph lineup and showed the lineups to the neighbor who identified both suspects. I logged into LeadsOnline and ran a search of both suspect's names, and one of the suspects had been to a scrap metal dealership in Bastrop, LA after the theft. I called the business and they verified the scrap metal sold fit the description of the farm equipment that was reported stolen. I secured felony warrants for both suspects, and both were jailed pending bond."

Inv. Roy Williams
Richland Parish Sheriff Office
Louisiana

Drills stolen from Ohio business and recovered with LeadsOnline

"We recently had two cases of breaking and entering at a local business. The suspect took 20 carbine drill bits and took them to the scrap yard. I ran the suspect's name, who was an ex-employee, and I located where he scrapped the drill bits. Cohen and HSI Security was very helpful in my investigation and gathering the evidence needed in my investigation."

Det. Nathan Wilson
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

Dumb luck and help from LeadsOnline solves cases

"During the month of November my area of the county was experiencing a large increase in metal theft. By dumb luck we encountered the suspects selling some stolen batteries and metal to a local metal recycling center. While on the scene, we located a pawn slip for a saddle that had been reported stolen. I decided to check LeadsOnline to see if any other items had been sold, and found several other items that matched descriptions of items reported stolen but with no known suspects. With a little dumb luck and a lot of help from LeadsOnline, I closed four additional cases, and put two very dirty thieves in the Brunswick County Detention Center."

Det. Ryan Newman
Brunswick County Sheriff's Department
North Carolina

Suspect gets busted for stealing scrap metal from employer

"I used the scrap search and found my bad guy within 10 minutes. I then had the scrap yard send me their entire list of transactions for the bad guy. With the complete list I interviewed the bad guy, and he confessed to taking the scrap from his work. Right now it is estimated to be in excess of $5,000. Made my job easy. Total time from search to closed = two hours. Thanks!"

Sgt. Richard Webster
Park Hills Police Department
Kentucky

Scrap metal stolen off farm found through LeadsOnline

"I had a victim make a report about several items that were stolen from around his farm. I asked him if he had any trouble with anyone lately, and he gave me a few names. I checked those names and nothing showed up, so I checked the names of some of their known associates. Those associates sold scrap the same day my victim had things stolen. I printed off a picture of a chainsaw that matched my victim's description and showed the victim. He identified it was his. I arrested all the subjects who were involved including the subjects he first named. Without LeadsOnline they probably never would have been caught."

Inv. Robert Garner
Smith County Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Metal theft suspects charged and case closed

"A citizen reported a heat pump unit and some property as stolen from his rental house. I located two weed eaters with LeadsOnline, identified one suspect, and with the video from the business, I was able to identify another suspect who sold the rest of the scrap metal. Two suspects charged and case closed! Thanks Leads."

Det. John Mcmurray
Bean Station Police Department
Tennessee

Storm grate thief put behind bars

"The city of Raleigh, North Carolina was experiencing a rising trend in the theft of metal storm grates over a period of two months. Working as a metal theft detective, it is sometimes hard to track stolen metal and identify the suspects in these cases. LeadsOnline made the difference in this case. In total, there were seven cases that specifically identified this series of theft. Using LeadsOnline, a suspect was identified that had been scrapping nothing but storm grates and miscellaneous shredder material. The same day I identified the suspect, an officer called me to tell me he had taken a report of some stolen storm grates, and just missed the suspect at the scrap yard, according to witnesses. With the investigative information obtained from the reports, witnesses and LeadsOnline information, I was able to place the suspect at the scene of the crimes within time, proximity and possession of stolen property. LeadsOnline helped me clear out seven cases, a pattern crime and identify $12,850 in stolen property at a scrap yard."

Det. Wilbur O'Neal
Raleigh Police Department
North Carolina

Demolition employee scraps over 30,000 pounds of stolen metal behind boss' back

"Leads, it never seizes to amaze me on how easy your system makes it to locate the wrong doing of a few unfortunate criminals who think they can be slicker than the system. My city has an old hospital they finally decided to tear down. In the past year we have had over 80 arrests for theft up at the site. I received a call from a probation officer who advised me on a routine check of one of his probationers, that he found some copper in her car. She claimed it came from her work. The probation officer advised me that the suspect worked for a business that was tearing down an old hospital. Hearing this, I ran her information through the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigations System, and the return showed that she had been scrapping behind her boss' back for several months using a different scrapyard. The female suspect had scrapped at the rate of 18,368 pounds and her boyfriend, who also worked there, had scrapped 12,818 pounds. The business that was tearing down the old hospital was at a loss of over $49,318.12, worth of scrap metal. Wow."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline alerts law enforcement about stolen metal

"Our agency was investigating the theft of scrap metal. The same address was being targeted several times. We had a good idea of who was doing it, but even though there was video, the suspects were covering their faces. We got a suspect to start cooperating, and she told us who was involved. We started checking the name of the suspect that had the scrap metal permit, and through LeadsOnline, we were able to match up the items the suspect scrapped with the incident dates. Since we were able to corroborate the cooperating suspect's statements, we were able to confront the scrapper with this information during the interview. The second suspect began to confess and give us names of other suspects. Having some of the scrap yards in our county on LeadsOnline really speeds us the investigation."

Sgt. Henry Beck
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
South Carolina

Police recover $28,000 in railroad equipment stolen from major railroad company

"I received a call from a local Railroad Police Agent after he received a tip that one of the employees was selling railroad property here in Fort Wayne. This employee, who is based in Pennsylvania, loaded his work truck up with A LOT of extra equipment prior to coming to Northern Indiana as part of a work crew. When it was all said and done, I was able to locate and recover nearly $28,000 in equipment -- base radio's, complete security camera systems, battery units for crossing signals....the list goes on and on. Needless to say, the railroad company was very happy to get their property and equipment back, and it was all done with ONE search in Leads."

Det. Joseph Lyon
Fort Wayne Police Department
Indiana

Missouri Police use electronic scrap metal database to solve battery thefts

"I was investigating several reports of batteries being stolen from vehicles in the Springfield, Missouri area. Upon obtaining a possible suspect name, I searched her name in LeadsOnline, and I was able to determine she had sold several batteries to a local "scrap yard" in the date range of the thefts of the batteries. I interviewed the suspect, and she confessed to stealing the batteries and selling them. The suspect also admitted her boyfriend was involved in stealing batteries and selling them. I searched his name in LeadsOnline and found he was selling several batteries as well. During the interview with him, he confessed to stealing batteries and selling them for cash to a scrap yard. Although I was unable to recover the stolen batteries, I was able to charge two suspects with Felony Stealing."

Cpl. Jeremy Anderson
Springfield Police Department
Missouri

Georgia metal theft case solved day after with LeadsOnline

"With the help of LeadsOnline I was able to close a metal theft case the day after it was reported. I had a witness who described the suspect's vehicle and the same vehicle and suspect showed up at the scrap yard the same day of the theft. I wouldn't have been able to close the case had it not been for LeadsOnline! Awesome feeling!"

Inv. Natasha Horner
Pike County Sheriff's Office
Georgia

Suspects linked to more than 40 valve thefts causing $75,000 in damages

"The Peoria Police Department's Impact Team used LeadsOnline to connect three suspects with a dozen cases of stolen water flow valves in Peoria. At the time the three suspects were arrested, they had at least 10 water flow valves with them that have since been connected to a theft in Glendale. In fact, investigators linked the suspects to 20 cases in Scottsdale, and an additional 10 to 15 cases in Glendale. The suspects targeted commercial areas where multiple water flow devices were located in a row. They would steal at least 5 to 10 valves at a time going to the locations late at night or the very early morning. The suspects would take the valves to a scrap yard where they would get about $100 per valve for their precious metal content. However, the businesses who were victims of this crime usually have to pay thousands in repairs costs and have no access to water until the repairs are finished."

Officer Luis Grijalva
Peoria Police Department
Arizona

Statewide electronic reporting system for scrap theft alerts leads police metal theft suspects

"I received a picture of a vehicle where someone was stealing metal. The owner of the metal gave me names of some people in the area hauling scrap metal. I checked their names with LeadsOnline, and one of them had pictures of not only the vehicle, but the man's metal was on it. Thanks LeadsOnline."

Sgt. Robert Garner
Smith County Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Police solve homicide of scrap metal recycler because he reported to electronic transactions to law enforcement via LeadsOnline

"We began investigating a homicide case in which the victim, Jack Markowitz, was the buyer and seller of catalytic converters and also reported to LeadsOnline. The victim was found dead inside his burning vehicle on Hwy 57 in Gautier, Mississippi. With little to go on, Investigators soon began piecing together the puzzle. Witnesses who passed by the area described to police a black dodge pickup truck with a metal cage on the back that was seen parked next to the victim prior to the crime. Investigators began using LeadsOnline to run inquiries on each person that the victim recently did business with since he was a reporting dealer. During this search, investigators ran the name Steven Brown who was supposed to meet the victim earlier in the day. What investigators discovered, cracked the case wide open. A recent transaction of catalytic converters between Steven Brown and the victim showed a photograph of the catalytic converters, as well as the back of Brown's black dodge truck and metal cage. Using this information from LeadsOnline helped investigators solve their homicide case in less than eight hours and resulted in a charge of capital murder against Steven Brown. LeadsOnline has been an invaluable tool for the Gautier Police Department, allowing us to solve countless property crimes. In this case, LeadsOnline helped a reporting scrap metal dealer lead police to the criminal who took his life. We look forward to continued service with LeadsOnline."

Detective Jonathan Whitfield
Gautier Police Department
Mississippi

Suspect confesses to $70,000 in metal theft when presented with evidence provided by electronic reporting

"While investigating a larceny of approximately $70,000 worth of copper occurring over an eight month period from a local manufacturing facility, a suspect was developed in the case. Once the suspect was apprehended in the act of stealing more copper from the business he was subsequently interviewed. After being presented with the data of all of his transactions from selling copper that were retrieved form LeadsOnline, the suspect gave a full confession. After the confession, the subject was charged with 14 counts of larceny and 14 counts of Burglary in the second degree. Thanks to the easy access to LeadsOnline, I was able to quickly gather all of the subject's sales data, which resulted in a successful interview and confession."

Deputy Garrett Cash
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Uniform Patrol
South Carolina

LeadsOnline statewide scrap theft alert database leads police to copper thieves

"In Glendale, Arizona, a vacant multi-million dollar commercial complex was burglarized repeatedly, sustaining tens of thousands of dollars in stolen/damaged property. A fingerprint was located and leadsonline.com was used to locate the stolen copper and also develop a lead to another suspect. The suspect was arrested and confessed to burglarizing the property. He pled to jail time for his involvement."

Det. Thomas Pocknell
Glendale Police Department
Arizona

Alabama detectives locate $50,000 in stolen metal with online metal theft database

"The day after Christmas, deputies found a subject passed out in a vehicle near the construction site of I-22. Deputies found several sand jacks in the back of the subject's vehicle. Deputies found that the sand jacks had been stolen from the construction site. One hour after the report was filed detectives activated the free 30-day metal trials of the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigations System to investigate the suspect. Detectives discovered that over the Christmas holiday, this subject had sold over 5,000 pounds of steel. Detectives went to the scrap yard and located $51,350 worth of steel forms, sand jacks, and other steel material used in the construction of the interstate. This is just another fine example of how valuable LeadsOnline is to law enforcement!! Thank you!!"

Sgt. Det. Ellen Scheirer
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Alabama

Felony charges filed against suspected battery thief

"With the assistance of LeadsOnline, I was able to locate and recover over 21 batteries that were stolen from a major utility company. This led to two felony charges for theft of copper/aluminum/bronze."

Det. Alejandro Martinez
San Antonio Police Department
Texas

Kentucky police solve $60,000 metal theft case

"A construction company reported the theft of approximately $60,000 in steel road construction plates from a road construction site in Raceland. The company estimated their weight at approx. 10,000 pounds and the name of the company was burned into them. After coming up with a suspect's name we were able to use LeadsOnline metal theft investigations system and find where the suspect had scrapped 9,188 pounds of steel at a scrap yard in Huntington, West Virginia. We contacted the scrap yard, and learned that steel they had bought was steel plates. Huntington PD was then contacted, and they checked the plates and found the name of the construction company was burned into the metal. A warrant was obtained for the suspect, and the construction company was able to pick up their road plates. If it had not been for LeadsOnline, this case would probably never have been solved."

Chief Donald Sammons
Raceland Police Department
Kentucky

More than 600 copper urns stolen from Louisiana cemetery; four suspects arrested by detective using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"A local cemetery began seeing a large amount of flower urns missing. The cemetery did not report the thefts to police but did send a letter to a local scrap yard advising of the thefts. One month later, we were made aware of the incident by an employee at a local scrap yard but were unable to locate the person selling the flower urns. Upon searching the LeadsOnline database we found another suspect who was related to the person in question and were able to further the investigation. Four suspects were arrested and two of them confessed to the crime. The four suspects were responsible for taking more than 600 flower urns from the cemetary. Three of them were charged with 612 counts of theft of copper from a cemetery and are currently in jail awaiting trial. The fourth suspect is also in jail and was charged with 30 counts of theft of copper from a cemetery. Photographs obtained from the LeadsOnline database clearly show the suspects selling the flower urns. The suspects cut the urns up in several pieces before selling them. The total loss to the cemetery is over $100,000."

Det. Chance Cappel
Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

Metal theft suspect identified by detective using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"An old dryer and some scrap metal were reported from a residence in our county. A witness provided a license plate number off of the suspect vehicle. By using LeadsOnline, it was possible to get the identities of the two suspects that had stolen the property. A warrant was obtained for the two suspects. One week later, the suspects were arrested on the warrants and both suspects gave a confession to stealing the property. If it would not have been for LeadsOnline there would not have been enough evidence to tie the suspects to the stolen property. LeadsOnline is a great tool and I wish it would have been around ten years ago. The staff at LeadsOnline are very resourceful and if you have a problem they have an answer pretty quick."

Det. Josh Bolland
Cleveland County Sheriff's Department
Arkansas

900 pounds of stolen metal found by investigators using LeadsOnline metal theft investigation system

"A local business filed a report with the Tishomingo, Mississippi County Sheriff's Department concerning stolen metal. A fence surrounding the business was cut, and approximately 900 pounds of scrap metal was stolen. Information was collected and an individual was listed as a possible suspect. I checked the name of the individual and discovered that he had sold around 900 pounds of scrap to a scrap yard in a neighboring county. The individual stated that he was not involved with the crime during the interview. The individual was shown a copy of the transaction receipt from LeadsOnline documenting the date and time of the transaction along with a description of what was sold. The transaction receipt also had a picture of his driver's license. The individual confessed to the crime and was charged with Grand Larceny."

Det. Logan Vaughn
Tishomingo Country Sheriff's Department
Mississippi

Alabama detectives solve metal theft cases with comprehensive data from scrap metal recyclers

"I contacted LeadsOnline in reference to a trial version of LeadsOnline Metal Theft. You all were happy to oblige and the second day of using the trial version, I was able to identify and solve two metal thefts involving a recent case. I was also able to correctly identify a suspect who was involved in a metal theft and was arrested and bonded using a false identity. The program paid for itself in its second day of use and assisted in closing three cases with a total of six arrests. Thanks Leads Online!"

Inv. Doug Duke
Cullman Sheriff's Office
Alabama

LeadsOnline scrap metal reporting and investigations system is working in Ohio

"An electrical company in the city of Worthington, Ohio had two of their vans broken into. Tools as well as copper wire were taken. Within minutes of the case being assigned to a detective for follow up a suspect was identified using LeadsOnline. The owner of the business met with detectives at the pawn shop where the suspect sold the tools, and positively identified them as belonging to his company. This same suspect sold copper wire for scrap to a local scrap/salvage yard at the same time. There were NO leads in this case and without LeadsOnline their case would have been closed with no arrest made!"

Det. Keith Agin
Worthington Police Department
Ohio

Copper stolen from a church. More than 20 cases solved in Ohio scrap yards with one LeadsOnline search.

"LeadsOnline has once again proven itself to be one of the most useful tools in my investigational arsenal! We received two reports of copper downspouts being stolen from a local church and a residence. After looking at the information available I went to LeadsOnline and searched for more than 100 pounds of copper being scrapped. Within a span of minutes I had a number of results, one of which contained a person of interest tag from Bexley Police, another local agency. With the information provided by their detective I was able to link the cases together and had good suspects for the crime. Less than a week later the two suspects had surrendered and I was able to obtain confessions showing that the two had been responsible for almost 2 dozen thefts of copper from the Columbus area! The most impressive part of the whole story is that the person of interest tag had only been put on my suspect a few hours before I did my search. Thanks to the information sharing system attached to LeadsOnline I got the break I needed in a case that could have otherwise gone unsolved. Thanks again LeadsOnline!"

Sgt. Stephen Mette
Worthington Police Department
Ohio

Detectives alert for scrap theft involving stolen vehicles

"Det. Blevins ran the name of a subject in a stolen vehicle case through the LeadsOnline system. It showed they had scrapped a large number of vehicle bodies to this scrap yard. After viewing the photographs of the subject's scrapped vehicle bodies, several ongoing cases have started on this subject. Without the information provided by the LeadsOnline system, this subject would have gone unnoticed."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline and scrap metal dealers help law enforcement find stolen vehicles

"Det. Branch was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim called several scrap yards concerning her vehicle. A scrap yard in NLR told her that they had a vehicle matching the victim's description in the scrap line earlier that day. Det. Branch ran the vehicle information through LeadsOnline and received a hit on the suspect's information. The LeadsOnline system was able to provide the photographs of the scrapped stolen vehicle along with the suspect's information and thumb print. Without this information this crime would have gone undetected."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

One more battery thief off the streets

"On July 10, 2012, we were interviewing a suspect about stolen car batteries taken from a local business. We ran the suspect's name through LeadsOnline, and that produced evidence of the suspect selling batteries the morning after they were reported stolen. When confronted with the evidence, the suspect confessed to multiple counts of theft. We have since turned the case over to the District Attorney's Office."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Peoria PD chills out these A/C thieves

"Using LeadsOnline, Peoria Police identified three suspects in over 16 separate burglaries involving the theft of A/C units from vacant homes. Over $80,000 in damages was committed to the homes, but with the efforts of the Peoria PD and the assistance of LeadsOnline, we have pulled these criminals off the streets in Arizona."

Officer John Banach
Peoria Police Department
Arizona

Fool me once? Nope. You can't fool me even once with LeadsOnline in my corner

"A suspect was scrapping an odd amount of copper with peculiar frequency and regularity. We had discovered, using LeadsOnline, that the crook had been scrapping various copper and brass products over a six month time period. We were able to determine that the subject had stolen $180,000 worth of scrap metal from his employer. After his arrest, he was released on bond, but his criminal activity continued. After being contacted in reference to a burglary, I was able to locate the same suspect pawning his ex-wife's $6,000 ring set after breaking into her home and stealing the items. Once again, LeadsOnline directed us to the ring set where police confiscated the item. He was once again arrested. Thanks LeadsOnline! Scoreboard: Copper Thief – 0 points, Detective Moore and LeadsOnline – 2 points."

Det. Brad Moore
Georgetown Police Department
Kentucky

You like apples? How do you like these apples? Behind bars, because that's where you're going

"In December of 2011, a Breaking and Entering occurred at an electric substation. The power transformer unit owned by the City of North Little Rock, Ark., was forcibly entered by a suspect in an effort to acquire the copper bushings located within the transformer. The suspect caused $345,000 worth the damage, and fled the scene with a significant amount of copper. A quick search of LeadsOnline allowed me to identify the items stolen from the substation, and the suspect was quickly identified. Without the help of LeadsOnLine we could not have found and recovered crucial evidence within hours of the incident. LeadsOnLine continues to be an incredible source of information and an asset to law enforcement officials everywhere."

Det. John Desizlets
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

The hotel may be deserted, but the Police Department sure is active

"One of our patrol officers spotted a car backed into a deserted hotel on the outskirts of town. Upon investigation, the car was found to be a hotbed of stolen copper wire. Suspects had entered the hotel and begun stripping copper products from various sources, defacing most of the property in the process. I used LeadsOnline to search the tag off of the car, and I was able to find three crooks selling the copper pipes and wire to an area scrap yard. Interviews and fingerprints have led to the arrest of two suspects for the copper thefts, and there are two more arrests pending. We couldn't have done it without LeadsOnline!"

Det. Brad Handley
Eureka Springs Police Department
Arkansas

Quick clearance on metal theft case

"There were several items stolen from some property in Cleveland County. Three days later, Deputy Chance Dodson found the property at a scrap yard by using LeadsOnline. All the property was recovered and three of the four suspects have been arrested. LeadsOnline is a great tool for law enforcement."

Investigator Josh Bolland
Cleveland County Sheriff's Department
Arkansas

Catchin' the metal thieves before they can do more damage

On Dec. 12, 2011, a business reported a large amount of fabricated steel, stolen. They reviewed their video surveillance and discovered two black males loaded metal into a white Chevrolet Suburban two days prior.

Dec. 14, 2011: Video of the theft shown on a Crime Stoppers segment on the local news.
Dec. 15, 2011: I received a tip regarding who the suspect could be. I checked him through LeadsOnline and found three very large scrap tickets (just over 5,400 lbs) for Dec. 10, 2011. I pulled up the tickets and saw the photos of him and the vehicle that he was using. The vehicle and his clothing were the same as in the surveillance video and it was obvious as to his identity. I also checked LeadsOnline and ran the tag on the suspect's vehicle. I located a ticket for Dec. 10, 2012 where an accomplice scrapped a large amount of metal (just over 1,800 lbs). In his photo, it showed a picture of both suspects, along with the white Suburban, still wearing the same clothing.
Dec. 15, 2011: First suspect arrested at his residence for theft of property $1,000 to $5,000.
Dec. 18, 2011: Second suspect arrested for a warrant that I had obtained for him for theft of property $1,000 to $5,000.
The property was estimated at $3,500.00 but was not able to be recovered. There was not believed to be any additional damage."

Cpl. Jeff Craghead
Property Crimes
Fort Smith Police Department
Arkansas

Can't sweep this evidence under the rug

"A street sweeper and trailer were reported stolen in our county. The suspect sold it the same day. The ordinance requires a photo be taken of the person, vehicle and item being sold. It also requires a fingerprint. With that evidence we were able to identify the suspect, recover the street sweeper and file a criminal case. The suspect used a friend's driver's license instead of his own, but the photo and fingerprint identified the real suspect. The ordinance also requires the information be made available to law enforcement the same day as the sale. The street sweeper was recovered before it could be sold or destroyed; a recovery value of $5,000. Prior to the ordinance and LeadsOnline documentation, we could not solve this type of case or recover property."

Lt. Mark Sanderson, LCC
Collin County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Truck scrapped in another state leads to suspect

"I recently used LeadsOnLine to arrest a subject who was on a drug binge and stealing from numerous victims. I had a stolen Ford F250 truck where I ran the vin and got a LeadsOnline hit showing where it was scrapped in Pascagoula, Miss. I was able to locate the person who scrapped it and was eventually led to the subject who stole the truck as well as numerous batteries and other pieces of equipment. He used to be the victim's employee. A warrant was signed and the subject was arrested. Probation revocation is pending, as well as court on this charge of Theft of Property-1st. Thanks for the help. Will be nice when Alabama catches up and we can find Alabama scrap yard items."

Detective Mark Kinsey
Mobile County Sheriff's Department
Alabama

Putting a stop to employee theft

"In May, we began investigating a case of nearly $150,000 worth of stolen batteries. The suspect was selling more than 10,000 pounds of locomotive batteries that appeared to be stolen from his employer. LeadsOnline showed the suspect had been selling the batteries over the past three years to recyclers across Alabama. Without this evidence, the suspect would have continued his activity and the business would still be losing money."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

A quick check gathers additional evidence

"After obtaining a confession from a suspect for theft of a metal roof, I checked LeadsOnline and found that this suspect had also scrapped several electric motors that were stolen in December. After being confronted with the evidence from LeadsOnline, he confessed to the theft of the electric motors as well."

Det. Stephen Wilson
Ironton Police Department
Ohio

Recovery of $8,000 in stolen metals solves multiple crimes

"During the month of February, I received an influx of reports about stolen cast iron drainage grates, manhole covers and drainage grates found in self-service car washes. I made contact with a fellow detective from a neighboring jurisdiction and he provided a possible suspect name since they were encountering the same crimes. Upon running the name on LeadsOnline, we were able to obtain additional suspect information such as vehicle description, co-defendants and a pattern of suspect's visits to the metal recyclers. Two suspects were arrested and charged with several counts of Grand Larceny after arriving at the metal recycler with almost 2 tons of stolen drainage grates in the bed of their truck. Upon interviewing them, one confessed to committing the crimes. The total amount of the thefts topped $8,000 dollars and most of the complainants were able to recover their property after it was properly identified. The arrests of these two individuals cleared up several crimes in several jurisdictions."

Det. Jaye Coleman
Jackson Police Department
Property Crimes Division
Mississippi

Metal theft case solved in less than a day

"A complaint was made to the Grant Parish Sheriffs Office of the theft of a large aluminum pontoon boat, 10 to 12 feet in length. The theft occured on a weekend night. That Monday, check with LeadsOnline M.T.I.S showed that the pontoon had been cut in three sections and sold to a scrap yard in Alexandria, LA. Less than 16 hours from the time of the theft, the remains of the pontoon were found and three suspects were identified. Thanks to LeadsOnline and the information obtained, the case was closed in less than 16 hours."

Det. Doug James
Grant Parish Sheriffs Office
Colfax, Louisiana

First day on LeadsOnline solves scrap case

"My office was signed up on LeadsOnline less than a day when we cleared a stolen outside air conditioning unit that had been sold at a scrap iron dealer in Lake Village, Arkansas. We are very pleased with the service and would highly recommend LeadsOnline to all law enforcement agencies."

Chf. Dep. Kenneth Green
West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Department
Oak Grove, Louisiana

Sometimes you're only a few clicks away from your suspect

"A homeowner gave me a still shot from a Game Camera of a suspect stealing copper wire from a storage shed. After an officer was able to identify the suspect, I used LeadsOnline to find where the suspect sold copper a few hours after the photo was taken. I went to the scrapyard and was able to get video showing the suspect wearing the same clothes and bringing in the same material that shown on the victim's photo. Without LeadsOnline, it would have taken several days to go to all the scrap yards and search the reports by hand; instead it took a few mouse clicks."

Det. Justin Howard
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Stolen cars sold to scrap yards; theft ring stopped with LeadsOnline MTIS

"Recently, there was a rash of vehicle thefts of broken down or abandoned vehicles from the Interstate area of Central Arkansas. It was determined that approximately 30-40 vehicles were taken to a local scrapyard where they were crushed. One vehicle was identified by its owner at the scrapyard.

After an extensive LeadsOnline check by our department's auto theft detective, information was obtained showing a large number of vehicles being scrapped by two individuals. Due to LeadsOnline's ability to have photographs of items being scrapped, it was determined that two individuals were responsible for pulling the vehicles to the scrap yard. Without the ability to check information on LeadsOnline, this valuable information would have never come to light. Thanks LeadsOnLine!"

Det. Desizlets and Det. Blevins
North Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

Quick look in LeadsOnline proves suspect whereabouts in Arkansas metal theft case

In December 2009, a town in Arkansas was hit hard by a rash of copper wire thefts, causing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement for businesses in the community. The police put together a suspect profile and came up with a specific individual, but needed to completely prove that he'd been a part of those particular thefts. When they ran his driver's license number through the LeadsOnline database, they were able to immediately see where he had recently sold some copper wire at one of the local scrap yards. An arrest was made on the suspect. The LeadsOnline Metal Theft System is run statewide in Arkansas."

Nearly 6,000 lbs of metal illegaly scrapped by employee

A local business came to us on Jan. 18, 2012 about the suspected activity of internal metal theft. I used the LeadsOnline database to check area pawn shops and scrap yards. I was able to identify that the suspect who worked for the business was the same person who had been making frequent trips to the Indianapolis scrap yards and was scrapping several hundred pounds of metal every few days. The first documented activity started on Nov. 7, 2011, and the last reported transaction was on Jan. 11, 2012. In all, there were 13 transactions documented. When shown the LeadsOnline documentation, the suspect confessed to taking the scrap metal without authorization and scrapping it at an Indianapolis scrap yard. All total, there was 5,668lbs of metal, 47lbs of brass, 193lbs of lead, and 70lbs of other metal; for a grand total weight of 5,978lbs.Criminal charges are being filed."

Cpl. Jeff Klayer, Detective
Brownsburg Police Department
Indiana

Meth

Two burglaries, three auto thefts and drug ring busted

"Thanks to LeadsOnline I was able to solve a burglary in my county, a high profile burglary, three auto thefts and a dope ring that trades meth for guns. Not to mention the thousands of dollars' worth of stolen property. All because I ran a suspect's name on LeadsOnline, four different Texas counties are now taking action based on the suspect activity LeadsOnline provided."

Det. Cleveland Dominy
Caldwell County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Investigators using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor identify repeat meth offender

"Lt. James Kulesa and Sgt David Bufford assisted Parole/Probation Officer Kevin Trigg with a home visit at a residence located on Butlerville Road, Ward, Arkansas. Further investigation resulted in chemicals, glassware, components and paraphernalia utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine being located and seized in a storage building located behind the residence. Arrested at the scene was a 19 year old suspect for the offense of: Possession of paraphernalia to manufacture a controlled substance. The suspect had been arrested on the previously for the same offense and on another occasion for other drug related charges."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

LeadsOnline helps identify suspect selling meth in Oregon

"Suspect was arrested after he had been stealing jewelry and pawning it. The suspect had meth, scales, and packaging material in his possession. He admitted to selling and told us how he packaged it for sale. He was charged and lodged for Theft by Receiving six times, Theft I, MCS, DCS, and PCS Meth. Most of the jewelry was recovered."

Annette Cunningham
Medford Police Department
Oregon

Arkansas, Texas meth cooks identified and arrested by investigators using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"Over the last few months we have focused our efforts on individuals that are "smurfing" pseudoephedrine pills for area methamphetamine cooks. With the use of LeadsOnLabs we have successfully been able to compile several conspiracy cases involving an astronomical number of individuals, both the individuals "smurfing" pills and the cooks themselves. Also during these investigations we have been able to contact other drug task force agencies with information gained through our investigations which have led to several seizures of methamphetamine labs. Out of all the surveillance equipment, hi-tech gadgets, and other items we use in our daily efforts to fight the war on drugs, LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor by far is one of the greatest tools at our disposal. Thanks for all your work."

Sgt. Devin Warner
Bi-State Narcotics Task Force
Arkansas, Texas

Detective uses LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor to charge five with conspiracy to manufacture meth

"There I was just minding my own business. I received a phone call from a patrol deputy. He stated that he had just executed a traffic stop on a vehicle in Heber Springs. The deputy told me that among other items he found several blister packs and a pharmacy bag with several pseudoephedrine pills in it. I acquired the identification information of the subjects in the vehicle. Through LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor I found that a total five people had purchased the pills at the pharmacy within a few minutes of each other. I went to the pharmacy and retrieved copies of the security video that confirmed that the five people purchased within minutes of each other. Four of them arrived in the same vehicle. The fifth person walked to the vehicle in the parking lot and handed her pills to a passenger in the car.

Thanks to LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor I was able to charge five people with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. All five suspects ultimately pled guilty to the charges."

Inv. Sgt. Jack Smith
Cleburne County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Oklahoma and Arkansas meth cook arrested via LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"We were able to seize a "Red P" lab in operation in Ashley County. This is possibly the first "Red P" lab seizure in this county. LeadsOnlabs definitely paid off in this case. It is not the first time we have used it successfully. Thanks for all that you do and keep up the good work!"

Special Agent Scott Russell
Arkansas State Police
Arkansas

LeadsOnline and K9 units used by investigators to track down meth suspect

"Lt. James Kulesa, Investigator Allen Marshall and Chief John Staley of the Austin Police Department went to a residence located on Bailey Road, Austin, Arkansas. Based on information from LeadsOnLabs, Investigators were attempting to locate the resident who also had an outstanding arrest warrant from the Cabot Police Department. Receiving no response at the residence, surveillance was initiated. A short time later, Lt. Kulesa received a call from a family member of a 21 year old female who related their daughter and another 20 year old female were in the area of Bailey Road and their safety maybe at risk. The females were in the company of the suspect. Investigators located the 20 year old female on the side of the road, who related the other female was being chased through the woods by the suspect. Sheriff Jim Roberson and additional Deputies responded to the scene. The 21 year old female was located by Investigator Marshall. She had numerous scratches on her body. K-9 tracking teams from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Tucker Unit, responded and initiated a search for West. The K-9 teams located West and took him into custody. Further investigation led to chemicals, glassware, components, and paraphernalia utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine being located and seized from a work shop adjacent to the suspect's residence. The suspect was arrested for the offenses of; Possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Battery 3rd degree, Fleeing, and an outstanding arrest warrant."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Meth cooks busted by detectives using LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor

"Lt. James Kulesa received information pertaining to illegal drug activity resulting in the seizing of an estimated 1.3 ounces of pseudoephedrine in powder form. A set of digital scales and a pill bottle with signs of residue were also seized. Lt. Kulesa and Chief John Staley of the Austin Police Department went to a residence located on Oakridge Road, Austin, at which time the suspects were arrested for the offenses of; Possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture and Possession of drug paraphernalia. Lt. Kulesa related this was a case of purchasing pseudoephedrine for the purpose of selling or trading the substance for meth. We were able to confirm information on the LeadsOnLabs program."

Lt. James Kulesa
Lonoke County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Search warrants lead to meth lab busts

"We are a small department located in Gassville, Arkansas. just outside of Mountain Home, and have our fair share of individuals who either want to be a "supply runner" for ephedrine, or entrepreneurs in the profession of running meth labs.

Since being introduced to LeadsOnlabs, we have utilized he information gathered to write and execute approximately 9 search warrants this year in our town, which has led to seizing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and ultimately arrests with each warrant. We are looking forward to utilizing the other sites your company has provided."

Jeff A. Shehan
Gassville Police Department
Arkansas

Catching cooks and smurfers

"I just wanted to let y'all know that this service is invaluable to my meth investigations. LeadsOnlabs has led me in the right direction several times and, more times than not, an arrest or a confidential informant was developed based on intelligence I gathered using the system. I use the information gathered from LeadsOnlabs as a tool to just not get the smurfers buying the pills, but also getting the cooks recruiting the smurfers.

Thanks again for providing us Law Enforcement with an easy-to-use tool that I could not go without now!"

Investigator with Texas-based Multi-State Narcotic Task Force

Meth abusers come in all ages

"Our Drug Task Force prepared a search warrant based on a report from LeadsOnlabs. After executing the search warrant, a large group of people were charged with manufacturing meth and several more felony charges. The people ranged in age from 30 to 65. Thanks for the help in the fight against meth."

Inv. David Edington
3rd District DTF
Arkansas

Impressive results with LeadsOnLabs MethMonitor

The state of Arkansas, under the direction of state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel deployed LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor in every pharmacy and every law enforcement agency statewide. He says LeadsOnlabs MethMonitor is helping re-shape the way his state fights the war against methamphetamine abuse.

"When the MethMonitor was implemented in pharmacies throughout the state of Arkansas in May of 2008, the results were impressive. I firmly believe that this system has put a serious dent in the meth manufacturing business in Arkansas, and consequently, it has helped reduce other drug-related crime. I hope that other states battling the meth epidemic will utilize the LeadsOnlabs Meth Monitor and achieve the same great results as we have in Arkansas."

According to the National Association of Counties, and reported by the Meth Project Foundation, the majority of U.S. counties report that Meth is the most serious drug problem—more than cocaine and marijuana combined.

Narcotics

A felon, a shotgun and cocaine

"While conducting a drug investigation and after entering the suspect information in LeadsOnline I found that the subject, a felon, had sold a Mossberg 20g shotgun to a local business. While serving the warrant for the charge, we located a large amount of cocaine in his apartment. "

Detective Richard Reece
Lakemoor Police Department
Illinois

LeadsOnline catches heroin addicts selling stolen property for cash

"Normally I work sensitive crimes. In one case, I noticed a suspicious person selling silver items and jewelry. It was a male subject I was familiar with. Further investigation noted he had numerous cases with suspicious behavior. I used LeadsOnline to search his girlfriend and discovered numerous transactions from the past few years involving the same types of items. After a great deal of investigation, the victims (all elderly), were located and most of the items were identified. The girlfriend, a heroin addict, was sentenced on five counts of burglary and sentenced to seven years in prison. Sentence to commence immediately. Further cases were discovered in other jurisdictions where she worked as a Home Healthcare Provider."

Det. Patti Crump
Green Lake County Sheriff's Office
Wisconsin

LeadsOnline aids in identifying narcotics suspect

"LeadsOnline unexpectedly gave our agency a suspect's photograph. An undercover narcotics officer came into the Tactical Information Office and asked the other officers to look up a DL photo of a suspect to write five felony drug delivery warrants. Unfortunately, the TIC officer was having software issues at that time. It always seems to happen at just the wrong time. I asked the undercover officer to let me give it a try in LeadsOnline with the hope that the suspect had sold a cellphone to ecoATM. So what you ask? ecoATM are the self-serve green kiosk in malls where customers can sell their used cellphones. ecoATM requires a valid driver's license, and they also photograph the customer and the cellphone and attach the photographs to the LeadsOnline ticket. When I searched for the suspect I found an ecoATM ticket with a small camera icon. I clicked on the camera and there our suspect was with her smiling face. Since the ticket has the suspect's driver's license information and her image, the narcotics officer completed the warrants for her arrest."

James Dunnam
Fort Worth Police Department
Texas

LeadsOnline helps police solve case in less than a week

"Sinclair Community College Police Department was holding a training class on how to use LeadsOnline. During this training, we used a case that involved a stolen tablet that occurred two weeks prior. While we were in training we used the serial number and model number that was provided to officers during the initial theft report. We were shown how to enter the serial and model numbers to see if we could locate any transaction tickets matching the information that we entered. We were also shown how to search for an item by using only partial serial and model numbers. When partial numbers were used we got a total of 15 tickets. While looking through the tickets there was one that stood out to me because it was only a few miles away from our college. We discovered that when you sell an item, the store makes a copy of your driver's license and puts that information into LeadsOnline. Now having the name of a possible suspect, I determined that the person who sold the tablet was also a student at the college and attended class in the same location that the tablet theft occurred. I retrieved the tablet from the business, and was able to track down the suspect. Exactly one week later on, the suspect agreed to come to the police department and speak with me. After 20 minutes of interviewing him he broke down and confessed to stealing the tablet and selling it to support his heroin addiction. The suspect was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property. Thanks to LeadsOnline, we solved a theft case in one week's time. If not for LeadsOnline this case would have never been solved. Thanks!"

Officer Joshua Cox
Sinclair Police Department
Ohio

Electronics recovered from 10 shops across two counties

"Another awesome day for LeadsOnline searches! We recovered 10 laptops and a large screen computer monitor with over $8,000 in recoverable value! Oh, and did I mention the recoveries were from 10 different businesses?! From Carrollton to Haltom City and beyond! Over the last year our complainant's DEVOUT employee stole laptops to support his meth habit. Once confronted with the inventory discrepancies, he cracked and admitted his transgressions. Would this have been possible without LeadsOnline? Not in a million years! Ten different businesses covering Dallas and Tarrant Counties? Not in a million years! Thank you LeadsOnline and my complainant thanks you!"

Det. Robbie Huckaby
Carrollton Police Department
Texas

Heroin addicts steal heirloom jewelry, police recover it with LeadsOnline

"Stoughton PD had another success story last week recovering a $13,500 ring!! Heroin addicts stole a ring and made the ultimate mistake of taking it down to a local jewelry store who has recently been reporting to LeadsOnline. Well you can figure out the rest – it was easy… the two are in jail. We have very happy victims, especially after getting an inherited ring back. Thanks once again LeadsOnline!!!!"

Det. Erik Veum
Stoughton Police Department
Wisconsin

Grandson steals from family and admits to drug addictions

"I recently investigated a case in which the grandson stole several pieces of jewelry from his grandmother. With the assistance of LeadsOnline, I was able to locate the jewelry. When confronted with the evidence I had, the grandson confessed to the theft and dealing in stolen property. More importantly, he admitted to his family and me that he has a drug addiction and wants to enter a drug rehab program."

Det. Charles Simpson
St. Augustine Police Department
Florida

Automated system in Wisconsin helps police identify heroin addict as suspect

"A heroin addict stole a number of jewels from his parents, which were later found and recovered at area pawn stores. Once again using LeadsOnline helped with the recovery of these sentimental jewels so we could return them to victims. Thanks!"

Det. Erik Veum
Stoughton Police Department
Wisconsin

Heroin addict admits to jewelry theft

"Last week I was dispatched to a theft of jewelry complaint. Turns out it was a felony (over $3,500 worth). After dealing with the victim I logged onto LeadsOnline and found the suspect pawned the items about an hour after she was at the victim's house. In the end, I have a solid theft case and admission of heroin use as motivation for the crime. As an added bonus, the suspect is feeding me info on heroin deals in my jurisdiction to show cooperation, which will help her with the DA. Without LeadsOnline info, the suspect would have told me to pound sand!"

Det. Joe Benoit
Omro Police Department
Wisconsin

Stolen guns, crack cocaine and $10,000 in stolen bikes found via LeadsOnline

"LeadsOnline showed me where a suspect pawned a stolen $1,000 bicycle. We were able to use this information to verify what a confidential informant had told us and write a search warrant. During the warrant we recovered approx. $10,000 in stolen bicycles. During the warrant we also recovered crack cocaine and 4 stolen guns. The house, we later learned from neighborhood residents, was a new crack house and fence for stolen property."

Det. Ronnie Morgan
Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

LeadsOnline used to find crime traveler in Georgia

"The Autauga County Sheriff's Office, received an unusual telephone call reporting narcotics related activity in a neighborhood. The caller, as it turns out, gave false information about himself and his motive for calling. The suspect, "John Smith", had purported himself as an undercover police officer resulting in this agency signing a warrant for his arrest for "Impersonation of a Police Officer." John Smith learned of the warrant through his girlfriend who ran from law enforcement in order to assist John Smith in eluding police contact. During the investigation, it was learned John Smith had a habit of stealing television sets from motels in one location then pawning same in another location away from the first. With the usage of LeadsOnline, this agency was able to locate the areas of where Smith had recently been. Pawn shops from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri that participate in your program enabled this agency to keep up with our suspect then eventually leading to his capture in the State of Georgia. Your LeadsOnline program is an invaluable tool that should be available on every investigator's desktop."

Sgt. J.F. Steele
Autauga County Sheriff's Office
Alabama

Drug-related theft: solved in seconds

"I investigated a theft report involving $4,000 worth of camera equipment. The day I was assigned to investigate the report, I logged into LeadsOnline and within seconds had my possible theft suspect identified. I call the pawn shop to verify the camera equipment was still there, and then sent them a police hold. I interviewed the suspect and he admitted to stealing the camera equipment because he has a drug addiction. Due to LeadsOnline, this case was solved within a day of the offense occurring."

Det. Doug Eveslage
Springfield Township
Ohio

Selling stolen jewelry to support a drug habit

"I was assigned a larceny case in which the victim reported $11,000 of assorted jewelry stolen from her residence. In her initial report to law enforcement, the victim provided the name of a person she thought may have been responsible. This person, who the victim considered a friend, was known to have once been addicted to illegal drugs and had accessed the victim's residence around the time of the report. When assigned this case for investigation, the first course of action I took was to run a quick LeadsOnline search. Guess what? The week prior to this incident being reported, our person of interest had visited a local pawnbroker three times in which she had sold numerous amounts of yellow and white gold for scrap. When confronted with evidence against her, the suspect confessed."

Sr. Inv. K.L. Penley
Catawba County Sheriff's Office
North Carolina

Stolen items, car break-ins, and drug Arrests

"We had a rash of car break-ins and stolen vehicles. One of the vehicles was recovered in the city of Norwood with a subject passed out inside the car. While working with the Norwood Detectives, they decided to run some of the property that was stolen out of both our jurisdictions.

Eventually, we made the connection that several people were connected in the car break-ins and all participants were heroin addicts trying to support their habit.

We actually had another suspect with the group, but were unable to get him to cooperate. was able to link him to a burglary in Madeira months later, thanks to LeadsOnline, by locating some tools that were sold at a pawn shop in Newport, Kentucky.

At this time, the Madeira Police Department has closed several cases with the assistance of LeadsOnline. It has been a great tool and I am looking forward to using it in the future."

Det. Eric B. Hoeffel
Madeira Police Department
Ohio

Stolen camcorder and a drug bust

"A month ago LeadsOnline helped me in a theft from a vehicle investigation. My victim reported leaving his vehicle unlocked while he was at a bar celebrating the birth of his new son --- he said his wife and new son were at the hospital recuperating...

I quickly found my victim's Canon camcorder pawned with the assistance of LeadsOnline. I arrested the guy that pawned it. He admitted stealing the camcorder. However, the suspect told me that my victim was not telling the truth about where the camcorder was stolen.

The victim admitted that he and the suspect went to a drug house to get high."

Det. Scott R. Worth
Creve Coeur Police Department
Missouri

Narcotics task force cracks down on meth abuse

"I am part of an 8-person multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that has jurisdiction in both Arkansas and Texas. We have focused our efforts on individuals that are "smurfing" pseudoephedrine pills for area methamphetamine cooks. With the use of LeadsOnlabs we have successfully been able to compile several conspiracy cases involving an astronomical number of individuals, both the individuals "smurfing" pills and the cooks themselves. Also, during these investigations we have been able to contact other drug task force agencies with information gained through our investigations which have led to several seizures of methamphetamine labs.

Out of all the surveillance equipment, hi-tech gadgets, and other items we use in our daily efforts to fight the war on drugs, LeadsOnlabs by far is one of the greatest tools at our disposal. In fact, we are currently in the process of attempting to get our pharmacies in the state of Texas on board with your system. Thanks for all your work."

Sgt. Devin Warner
Bi-State Narcotics Task Force

Statewide access to LeadsOnlabs fights drug abuse

"I work for South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force in Arkansas, spread over eight counties. In the past few months, the guys in my unit and I have seen an outburst in red phosphorus labs and the one-pot method -- known on the streets as "shake and bake" labs.

LeadsOnlabs has been a great resource in tracking the cooks. Having LeadsOnlabs in Arkansas is a great advantage. With multi-agency cooperation and being able to track the sale of pills, we have sucessfully been able to arrest dozens of people and seize 11 labs in less than two months' time. Thanks LeadsOnlabs."

Brandon Kennemore
South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force
Arkansas

Time to fess up

"I was able to arrest a subject last week after recovering over 15 items on LeadsOnline.

The suspect started using 'crack' about six months ago and to support his habit he stole jewelry, guns, video games and several other items from neighbors and family members. With the help of LeadsOnline, I recovered almost all of the stolen items.

I was also able to get a confession once I showed [the suspect] the pawn tickets from your system. As a result, warrants were issued yesterday."

Thank you."

Det. Sgt. Keith Stumpf
Woodson Terrace Police Department
Missouri