Category: Firearms Theft

Firearm recovered years after it was stolen with help from LeadsOnline

“We had a burglary in 1995 where a pistol was stolen. The pistol was entered as stolen using its serial number, make, and caliber. The pistol was located in a business in another state. The victims are still alive and well, and are happy to get their gun back.”

Det. George Dyer
Franklin County TN Sheriff
Tennessee

Stolen rifle in Texas is sold in Louisiana and is recovered with the help of LeadsOnline

“A complainant had just returned home from a hunting trip. He parked his truck at his apartments and went inside for the night. When he came out the next morning he found his truck had been broken into and his riflehad been stolen. Conroe PD got a LeadsOnline hit from Benton, LA. We called to verify the serial number and description of the rifle. Upon confirmation, we placed a hold on the gun. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the firearm for Conroe PD from the business, and (per their policy) shipped it back to Conroe PD to be returned to the owner. We returned the rifle to the owner and he stated that it was the first rifle he had purchased and was happy to have it back.”

Anlst. Melissa Falcon
Conroe Police Department
Texas

19 guns are recovered through LeadsOnline

“In August, we received a report of 11 stolen guns from a residence in our county. Unfortunately, at the time we had no serial numbers nor did we have a suspect. I started searching the guns using a description of each one. I noticed a name that appeared about three times on different guns that were described as very similar to the ones we were looking for. I ran the name and found 9 of the 11 guns we were looking for and also located 10 more that the victim did not know were even missing! After running the now suspects information through the DMV files, I was able to find that the suspect had a vehicle registered in his and the victim’s daughters name! This tied it all together. We called in the two suspects and got a confession! Thanks LeadsOnline, without this tool who knows where these guns would have ended up.”

Sgt. Mason Boggess
Giles County Sheriff’s Department
Virginia

A break in a cold case of missing guns and a motorcycle

“On Aug. 18, 2011, a victim of a breaking and entering reported that several guns and a motorcycle were taken from his storage facility. On Aug. 30, 2011, I located via LeadsOnline, a matching description of one of the guns taken. Looking further into the LeadsOnline report, the model, serial, and incident all matched resulting in a break in a case that would have otherwise been cold. This case would not have been solved without LeadsOnline. Thank you!”

Det. J.D. Koerber
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

A music bandit is now singing the jailhouse blues

“The implementation of LeadsOnline has led to the recovery of five antique collector’s guitars and a shotgun that was stolen from a widow that remained as keepsakes for her late husband. An elderly gentleman, who had a great love for music, had passed away at an old age leaving his instruments as memories for his wife. The 80 year old woman had all of his antique guitars placed in his music room within the home so that she would have a daily reminder of her late husband. One day, she walked into the music room and found his guitars had been taken from the home. After the report was filed, the guitars were located using LeadsOnline. They were all recovered, along with the shotgun, which she had not known was previously missing. Locating the instruments led to the arrest of a family member. Thanks LeadsOnline!”

Lt. Donald Tomlin
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana

Employing new ways to recover property

“In August 2004, I investigated a felon in possession of a firearm case. I had received information that the suspect was currently living in Medford, Oregon and was in possession of a stolen handgun taken out of burglary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I ran the suspect’s name through LEADS and got a hit. The suspect had sold/pawned three digital cameras at a pawn shop in Tulsa prior to coming out to Oregon. The cameras were taken out of the same burglary as the firearm. When I questioned the suspect about pawning any of the stolen property he initially denied it. I was able to show him the LEADS hit and he eventually admitted to his involvement and the property was recovered by the victim.

This stolen property would have never been located using our old “hand search” method. LEADS not only allowed us to check local businesses, but other locations outside of our jurisdiction.”

Det. Justin Ivens
Medford Police Department
Oregon

Stolen guns found after being pawned in another state

“I worked a burglary where several guns were stolen. Upon checking LeadsOnline, I found three of the stolen guns in Memphis. The firearms were recovered, one arrest was made, and two other people are wanted for the burglary. If it had not been for LeadsOnline, the victim would not have his guns back and his insurance did not pay for the guns. Again, thanks LeadsOnline for helping me do my job and helping the victims get their stolen items back.”

Gary Etter
Craighead County Sheriff’s Office
Arkansas

Catching felons pawning firearms

“We want to recognize our CID Assistant Shannon Hill for all his hard work and expertise helping us track and recover stolen property through LeadsOnline.

Shannon checks LeadsOnline on a daily basis and catches stolen items or felons pawning firearms. In fact, in 2010 Shannon has located 8 felons pawning a firearm. His work with LeadsOnline has caught numerous stolen guns and other property which has been related to Robbery, Burglary, and other investigations.

Shannon / LeadsOnline work has helped investigators recover several pieces of stolen property and led to several arrests. We want to thank Shannon for all his hard work and also thank LeadsOnline for making our job easier.”

Det. Travis Lee
Fayetteville Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division

Helping solve a case in just a few hours

“I was assigned a case in reference to several firearms and electronics stolen from a residence in Charleston, WV. The victim stated that he was unsure of who may have taken the items and had no suspect information. I was able to obtain intelligence from other family members that his son-in-law was having financial problems and has been recently pawning items. At this point, I entered the son-in-law’s name into LeadsOnline and immedaiately located all of the stolen items. In addition, this allowed me to later interview the suspect and achieve a confession. Furthermore, thanks to LeadsOnline, I was able to solve my case within hours of being assigned.”

Det. Jamey Noland
Charleston Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division
West Virginia

Stolen shotgun located and returned to owner

“A Beretta 12-gauge shotgun was taken in a burglary of a building over a month ago. The firearm was located through LeadsOnline at a shop in Dallas. We returned the firearm to the owner, and a felony case against the identified burglar was filed.”

Det. Jalena Page
Rockwall Police Department
Texas

Convicted felon apprehended on two counts

“I received an e-mail from LeadsOnline about a listed person of interest. I looked into the matter and discovered the person had sold a firearm to a local pawn store. The person of interest was a convicted felon and had no reason or legal authority to be in possession of the firearm. A hold was placed on the firearm. The person of interest was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, a second degree felony in Florida and also charged with providing fraudulent information to a pawn broker (He was selling the gun for a friend who had no ID). This is a third degree felony as the value was under $300. LeadsOnline helped us secure a convicted felon in the county jail and hopefully prison. By the way, the person of interest was also one of our copper thieves. This was a win-win scenario as it allowed us to get one of many copper thieves off the streets. Thanks LeadsOnline!”

Sgt. Donald Howe
Crestview Police Department
Florida

One hit clears 21 cases

“The West Carroll Sheriff’s Department entered several stolen guns in the LeadsOnline stolen items watch list, and as a result, we received a hit confirming that an individual had pawned five stolen firearms in a pawn shop in Morehouse Parish. That information allowed us to clear 21 burglaries that had occurred in our Parish over a 3-month period. Thank you very much LeadsOnline for a tremendous resource and a great tool to help in our fight against crime.”

Chf. Dep. Kenneth Green
West Carroll Sheriff’s Department
Louisiana

15 firearms recovered closing cases in four counties

“In late January 2012, the Williamsburg Police Department recovered 15 stolen firearms from a local pawn shop. The firearms were taken from burglaries that took place in four different counties. Some of the firearms had been in the NCIC system for 10 years. The Williamsburg Police Department was able to arrest one individual and close cases in several counties. Since the arrest, the ATF has opened a case on the individual and federal charges are pending. All of this was possible by monitoring the NCIC reports on the LeadsOnline system. I can’t say enough about how LeadsOnline has assisted my agency in the arrests of burglary suspects and the recovery of stolen property.”

Chief Wayne Bird
Williamsburg Police Department
Kentucky

Firearm recovered 29 years after burglary

“Detective Whittington was informed through a LeadsOnline hit that a Ruger .44 Maginum pistol stolen in a home burglary in 1982 may have been located at a local pawn shop. Detective Whittington contacted the shop owner who said that the firearm was at the store and he would place a hold on it if it was identified by the owner. Contact was then made with the original owner who had the firearm stolen in the burglary. He was able to provide the serial number from paperwork he had kept. The shop provided Detective Whittington with the name of who pawned the firearm. Detective Whittington was able to contact him. He was informed of the situation and advised detectives that he purchased the firearm two years ago from another local pawn shop. Thanks to this information, the owner was able to pay and get the firearm back.”

Lt. William Grimes
Lawton Police Department
Oklahoma

Convicted felon charged with possession of firearm

“While investigating an unrelated theft complaint in my city, I came across a transaction in which the subject sold a revolver to a local shop. The subject caught my attention because I know he is a felon and cannot possess a firearm. While at the pawn shop, I requested the video as well as the contract in which the subject signed that he is the owner of the revolver which he brought himself to the pawn shop. The subject has now settled on this case and has been charged with the crime, awaiting sentencing. Thank you for this wonderful resource.”

Det. Joe Benoit
Omro Police Department
Wisconsin

This arrest was a long time comin’

“In 1987, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office took a burglary report in Chauvin, La. There were numerous shotguns and rifles stolen. Although a few weapons were recovered, the remaining firearms were logged away for several years. Thanks to Leadsonline, another firearm has been recovered. The victim is grateful and surprised that after all these years the gun has been recovered. Thanks to Leadsonline the firearm was recovered in Houston, Texas in 2012!”

Lt. Donald Tomlin
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana

Police arrest Tulsa burglary suspect using LeadsOnline; stolen gun found in Oregon

“I had received information that a felon was currently living in Medford, Oregon and was in possession of a stolen handgun taken out of burglary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I ran the suspect’s name through LeadsOnline and got a hit. The suspect had sold/pawned three stolen digital cameras at a pawn shop in Tulsa prior to coming out to Oregon. The cameras were taken out of the same burglary as the firearm. When I questioned the suspect about pawning any of the stolen property he initially denied it. I was able to show him the LeadsOnline hit and he eventually admitted to his involvement. The property was recovered by the victim. This stolen property would have never been located using our old “hand search” method. LeadsOnline not only allowed us to check local pawn shops, but other locations outside of our jurisdiction.”

Det. Justin Ivens
Medford Police Department
Oregon

Kentucky State police find stolen firearms using LeadsOnline

“While investigating a theft of two firearms, I checked LeadsOnline to see if they’ve shown up at any local pawn shops. Upon searching LeadsOnline, I found both firearms at the same store, pawned by our lead suspect in the investigation. Both stolen guns were picked up and returned to their rightful owner.”

Trooper Eric Bowman
Kentucky State Police Post 6
Kentucky

Kentucky police budget includes LeadsOnline

“Our department has been running LeadsOnline and has recovered stolen items. Our oldest recovered items include two handguns with one stolen in 1993 and the other in 2001. This is an amazing system and we will be budgeting for it for years to come.”

Det. Dennis Briscoe
Winchester Police Department
Kentucky

Stolen firearms recovered and felony arrests made in crime against elderly Kentucky woman

“I was contacted by another agency who had requested my help in a stolen jewelry and firearm case. The victim was a recently widowed elderly female who felt that a family member may have been coming into her home over the course of several months and stealing her jewelry and her late husband’s firearms. I was able to recover four of the seven stolen firearms and most of the missing jewelry using LeadsOnline. The items not recovered were in fact located using LeadsOnline, however the thefts occurred over a period of about eight months and some of the items had been sold or in the case of the jewelry melted down. The total value of all the items actually recovered was in excess of $45,000 (One ring appraised at $40,000). The victim’s relative and her boyfriend were identified as the suspects in this case using LeadsOnline and were ultimately charged with numerous felonies.”

Det. Benjamin Shirley
Lexington Police Department
Kentucky

Stolen firearm reported to NCIC and found on LeadsOnline

“Our department recently was granted access to LeadsOnline. I logged on today and saw a hit for a stolen firearm from our agency that was generated four months ago. I was able to confirm the firearm was still stolen and the victim was notified and was very grateful. We have a suspect and a lead for our growing burglary of vehicle crimes here in Kingsville…this is my first hit and I am very proud of it, thanks LeadsOnline and what a great staff.”

Det. Tony Gonzales
Kingsville Police Department
Texas

Shotgun stolen in Alaska recovered two years later in the lower 48

“Shortly after learning how to use LeadsOnline, I found that someone had pawned a shotgun in a pawn shop in our agency’s jurisdiction (Centralia, Washington) that matched a shotgun that had been stolen out of Talkeetna, Alaska in 2009. I faxed the information to Alaska State Troopers. They called our local pawn shop and verified that it was their stolen gun. One of our officers picked up the gun from the pawn shop and we have sent it back to Alaska so that it can be returned to its owner.”

Rec. Cl. Carin Haldy
Centralia Police Department
Washington

Stolen gun recovered three years later by Mississippi detective. Never give up.

“I was checking my NCIC Hits and located a hunting rifle that has been stolen from a house in George County, MS three years earlier. The rifle had been pawned at a store in Jackson County, MS. The suspect was already in jail at the time, but this rifle was the last of five (5) that that had been recovered. It is great to be able to return property to people after they have been violated in such a manner. Thanks to LeadsOnline for what you do.”

Det. Jason Smith
George County Sheriff’s Department
Mississippi

More stolen guns off the streets in South Carolina

“Well I’ve just got to share with you that I have recovered two more stolen guns utilizing your NCIC hit matches. The success I’ve had is amazing. These weapons are valued at approximately $350.00 and $450.00 All the other folks in the office are wondering how to use this feature. I am happily showing them. The more eyes we have getting stolen guns off the street and back to their rightful owner is beneficial. Thanks Leads for making it so easy!”

Det. Kelly Lovelace
York County Sheriff’s Office
South Carolina

Guns, including one stolen from a Navy officer in Georgia, recovered by South Carolina detective

“I was able to recover two firearms while working second shift on a slow night. I went through NCIC hits and I located a couple of promising matches. After following up on these, I determined that one of the guns was on a case I was assigned to investigate. The weapon was a Thompson-Center Prohunter 12 gauge shotgun and was fairly expensive. The owner was thrilled to have this returned. The second weapon was a Charles Daly .45 pistol that had been stolen from a Navy officer who was deployed on a Submarine when his home was broken into. It was stolen from Kingsland, Georgia and I spoke with a detective from that jurisdiction and made arrangements to have the weapon returned.”

Det. Kelly Lovelace
York County Sheriff’s Office
South Carolina

Three burglaries solved; Stolen firearms found in 15 minutes using LeadsOnline

“I was contacted by one of my Burglary victims. Mr. Smith requested I look up a person he thought might be involved in his burglary. I took the name and ran it in your system, but did not receive any information on this subject. I decided to check the articles and guns in the NCIC area of LeadsOnline. I do this on a weekly basis to check weapons. Mr. Smith had also talked to me about the weapons taken in the burglary of his home. I started going down the list and noticed two weapons that matched the description of the ones taken in Mr. Smith’s burglary. I was able to solve three burglaries assigned to me within a 15 minute span and recovered over $5,000 in property. In another case, I located a stolen weapon from Grant County, Arkansas. After checking the name of the person who pawned the weapon, I also located where he had pawned an additional three weapons. The weapons have been secured through the Police Hold section of LeadsOnline and warrants will be filed on this subject.”

Det. R. Tribble
Little Rock Police Department
Arkansas

Stolen firearms found, Multiple burglaries solved in Alabama using LeadsOnline

“A neighbor spotted a suspicious vehicle at a residence in South Montgomery County, Alabama and notified the Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle left the scene, the neighbor followed while keeping the Sheriff’s Office apprised of their travels. Long story shortened, the burglars were caught and identified. Thanks to LeadsOnline, once we identified the burglars, we checked them through LeadsOnline and identified nearly forty items, mostly firearms, the pair had pawned in a short period of time. From this we were able to solve several burglaries in Montgomery County and recovered quite a bit of property for our victims. We shared our information with neighboring counties and they found the pair had also been active in at least one other county.”

Inv. Bill Ballance
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Alabama

Houston police officer’s stolen Smith & Wesson .357 found in Dallas 37 years later

“Detective Joe Emmett, was checking LeadsOnline and found a stolen Smith and Wesson .357 at a pawnshop. A check found the pistol was stolen in 1973 from a UUMV of a then-Houston Police Officer. Joe did some checking and found the complainant, is now a Lieutenant with the Houston ISD Police Department and is about to retire. He said he would make it up to Dallas with his wife for the property hearing. He was, of course, amazed that the pistol was found this many years later.”

Sgt. David Franklin
Dallas Police Department
Texas

West Virginia police recover 67 stolen firearms using LeadsOnline

“We were able to recover approximately 67 firearms valued at approximately $20,000 and jewelry valued at $2,500. These items were taken from one residence and pawned over two months. Based on the information gained from having LeadsOnline, we are able to recover most of the firearms and jewelry for the victim in this incident. The monetary amounts mentioned were the total given to the suspects in this case from the pawn shops. If we did not have LeadsOnline we probably would not have been able to recover these items. The victim was extremely happy that we were able to locate his items. We here at the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division are very pleased with LeadsOnline.”

Det. D.L. Workman
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

Pawnshops and law enforcement working together to solve crimes

“For the past 15 years Chavela Simmons, the owner of All-N-One Pawn shop in Kanawha City, has enforced strict guidelines when a customer comes in with something to pawn or sell. We’ve always done paperwork even if we buy a DVD for 50 cents or a dollar … it doesn’t matter,” Simmons said. “We take the person’s ID, write it up, and it goes to the city of Charleston.” And she’s taking another step to help protect her business by signing up for LeadsOnline, a national database that the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the Charleston Police Department subscribe to — to track stolen items. “It can make a huge difference in recovering stolen property and getting people to justice that are doing the break ins,” Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said. Signing up for the online program may soon become mandatory for any second-hand shop in the county if the “pawn shop ordinance” passes. Simmons’ shop is one of several in the area that are ahead of the game. “I think it’s going to be easier at the end of the day,” Simmons said. “We do our books and close it out. It’s just going to be one click, and everybody will have access to it.” All it means for Simmons is swapping out paper for a computer screen. It’s a move she hopes will save her shop money and trouble. The ordinance would not only include places like pawn shops and second-hand stores, but also scrapyards to help put a dent in copper theft. Since 2009, Rutherford says almost 100 stolen items have been tracked down in the county because of LeadsOnline. Forty-eight of those items were guns.”

Kanawha county Sheriff’s Department
West Virginia

Stolen guns recovered in Louisiana via LeadsOnline

“Thanks to LeadsOnline, I was able to solve three different burglaries involving guns that were taken from vehicles. This would not have been as easy to solve if it had not been for LeadsOnline. Thanks again.”

Lt. George Webb
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana

Gun stolen 16 years ago found via LeadsOnline

“I just wanted to let you know that I recovered another pistol. The Smith and Wesson model 39-2 was reported stolen from Clinton County, Michigan in 1996. I used the NCIC function to search other ORI for possible hits. This pistol was pawned on 05-11-2012 and I got a hit on the serial number the next day. Any agency that does not use the LeadsOnline program is overlooking a lot of stolen property! Thanks for the great work!”

Det. Fred McKown
Elko Police Department
Nevada

Multi-agency stolen firearms case solved in Mississippi

“A burglary of a residence was committed in Natchez-Adams County, Mississippi. Sheriff’s Office Detective Stacy Rollinson discovered a stolen firearm (from said burglary) using LeadsOnline. With this information, Natchez Mississippi Sheriffs Office assisted Vicksburg, Mississippi Sheriff’s Office in a search warrant of the suspect’s house and found eight more stolen firearms from said burglary in Natchez along with ther items stolen in recent Vicksburg burglaries. LeadsOnline is a VERY VALUABLE TOOL for law enforcement. Thank ya’ll very much.”

Det. DeLayne Bush
Adams County Sheriff’s Office
Mississippi

Oklahoma detective finds gun stolen four years ago in gun store burglary; ATF recovers gun

“Detective Robert Whittington was given a LeadsOnline tip in reference to a stolen firearm that was located at a pawnshop in Lawton, Oklahoma. The stolen rifle was reported stolen out of Shawnee Oklahoma four years earlier. I made contact with the individual who sold the gun, who advised that he purchased the rifle around four years ago at a gun show and did not have his paperwork showing it. Sherman is in the military and stated he has never been to Shawnee, Oklahoma. I contacted ATF, who advised that a gun store in Shawnee had been broken into, and that the gun was one of many stolen. He advised that ATF would collect the gun from the pawnshop.”

Lt. William Grimes
Lawton Police Department
Oklahoma

Bowling Green police detective solves 15 year old stolen gun case 300 miles away using LeadsOnline

“I was checking my local pawn shop and I checked the possible NCIC hits on guns. I started to investigate some of the possible hits and this is what happened to a hand gun. A .380 semi auto pistol was sold to my local pawnshop. LeadsOnline matched it with a possible stolen gun hit from 15 years ago out of Bollinger County Missouri Sheriff’s Office. This county is about 300 miles from my location. I made contact with the reporting agency and they were able to locate the original report where this gun was reported as “lost or stolen”. The reporting party reported that his pistol had been stolen or it was washed away in flood water. To our surprise this “stolen or missing” gun was sold to my local pawn shop by the reporting party’s ex wife after all of these years. In less than an hour this 1997 case was solved with the assistance of Leads Online.”

Det. Jeff Kaufman
Bowling Green Police Department
Missouri

Stolen gun found five years after theft

“I was alerted to a hit on LeadsOnline concerning a stolen handgun. This handgun was stolen out of a vehicle in May, 2008. Using LeadsOnline I was able to clear the suspect that had sold the handgun, and then I tracked it back to a pawn ticket from August, 2011. This ticket gave me a suspect who confessed to having the gun in his possession illegally. I was able to make an arrest this suspect.”

Inv. Gary Gilley
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana

Birmingham Police locate a stolen gun

“While searching LeadsOnline for stolen property, I discovered a Taurus .40 Cal handgun that was reported stolen during an incident in the Birmingham West Precinct area. There had been no leads in this case until now. All of the pawn information has been given to the investigating detective.”

Det. Eric Grimes
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Texas police recover stolen handgun a year after crime

“Just a note to let you know another stolen handgun was located through LeadsOnline. A handgun was pawned in a city neighboring Beaumont, and I received a hit from LeadsOnline. The weapon had been stolen a year and eight days prior to it being pawned. The stolen property has been recovered. Thank you very much!”

Det. Darleen Wisby
Beaumont Police Department
Texas

Automated hit locates stolen firearm in Louisiana

“Here’s one for ya… A nearby police agency accidentally entered an incorrect serial number for a stolen firearm into NCIC. A five was mistaken for an “S”. When the firearm was pawned in our jurisdiction, the pawn shop owner made the same mistake. Thus, a hit was indicated on the firearm. Original reports and observations corrected the error. The firearm was recovered and returned. Bad guy went to jail.”

Det. Paul Blunschi
West Monroe Police Department
Louisiana

LeadsOnline locates stolen pistols

“I got a hit on a pistol that was reported stolen. I followed up on it, and I located that gun and another one as well.”

Det. Robert Hicks
Troy Police Department
Alabama

Three stolen guns recovered for Louisiana resident

“Thanks to LeadsOnline and their very helpful and well-trained staff, I was able locate and close a case on three stolen guns!!! Again, thank you, LeadsOnline!”

Det. Stacy Johnson
Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana

LeadsOnline leads Georgia Sheriff’s Office to recover stolen guns a year after theft

“I was assigned a burglary case with firearms missing prior to our agency using LeadsOnline. A few months after it was purchased, I pulled this particular report and searched the serial number of one of the firearms. Well, needless to say, a year after the burglary was reported, with the help of LeadsOnline, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office was able to successfully recover both firearms and return them to the rightful owner and get a warrant on the guy who pawned them. Without LeadsOnline I do not think recovery of the firearms would have been possible. Thank you Leads Online!”

Inv. Natasha Horner
Pike County Sheriff’s Office
Georgia

Guns stolen from pawn shop “grab and go” recovered and lead to closure of other burglaries

“While conducting my daily check of LeadsOnline reports, I noticed a potential hit for a stolen handgun. I also noticed that this handgun was reported to the Sheriff’s Office as being stolen from another pawn shop three days prior. I found that the suspect is also convicted felon. News reported that two subjects did a “grab and go” theft at a gun store, stealing an AR-15. The suspect pawned this stolen rifle at a pawn shop three hours after the theft. I recovered both weapons, and both suspects have been charged in federal court for being felons in possession of firearms and theft from an FFL. During the interviews, several unsolved robberies and burglaries were solved, just based off of a stolen firearm being pawned. Thanks LeadsOnline!”

Det. J.F. Taylor
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

NCIC hit recovers firearm stolen a year prior

“I received an email update on possible NCIC hits from you guys. When I logged on and began checking, I found one of the pawned items matched with a weapon that had been reported stolen a year ago in our county. I was able to locate the original report and contact the investigator assigned to it, and he was able to follow up on the case. There are many times we do not have good leads on stolen property. Leads Online is a great tool to locate items that have been reported stolen.”

Det. Greg Horton
Desoto County Sheriff’s Office
Mississippi

Shotgun stolen in Missouri found in Arkansas

“We received a report of a stolen shotgun. The issue was that it was stolen three and a half years before anyone noticed it being gone. However, I ran a check and thanks to LeadsOnline, within 15 minutes I was able to locate where the firearm had been bought and sold by the suspect in Arkansas. Unfortunately, the case was past the statutes of limitations for criminal prosecution, but the victim still has a civil recourse.”

Det. Sgt.Larry Jones
Stone County Sheriff’s Office
Missouri

All in the family: Police recover property stolen by victim’s daughter

“I had a case in which a daughter was stealing property from her parents and pawning/selling it at one of our local shops. I used LeadsOnline to quickly identify 40 stolen items that were pawned by the suspect. I used the transaction report to verify the items with the victim; it was quick and easy. All of the items were recovered and returned to the owner including several firearms. This is another example of how easy and effective LeadsOnline is in catching bad guys. Thanks again!”

Det. Fred McKown
Elko Police Department
Nevada