“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