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.”

Sgt. Alberto Marin
Alamo College Police Department