California officer catches thief using the guise of a moving company to steal patron’s property

“Last month I noticed a number of jewelry items, all from the same person, sold to one of the local businesses. I did a check on the person in CLETS and found they were on probation. I went back to LeadsOnline and did a search on the person for the past few months. I found a number of jewelry items which had not been entered in to NCIC because of the lack of serial numbers. I printed out the information and gave it to our SET team member in charge of probation. He ran a probation search on the person and found a number of items in the home which seemed out of place. He found out the person worked for a moving company and checked with the company. They supplied a list of items submitted by various customers who reported items missing when their stuff was delivered. The officer matched the items to the transaction list from LeadsOnline and found the new items on a current list for a serviceman moving overseas. The items match and the officer moved forward in his arrest of the person and return of the property. None of this would have occurred without the entry of the items into LeadsOnline. Great to have such a valuable tool for law enforcement!”

Ofc. Bonnie Terrill
Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rapid search of NCIC hits leads Washington police to wanted felon

“I was looking for stolen property and made a sudden decision to look at our NCIC hits while I waited for a phone call, and it really paid off. I found a rifle pawned in Kennewick that matched a rifle reported stolen out of Adams County, Washington. This led to identifying the offender, who had several aliases, eight felony warrants out of Nevada and one in Utah. The Adams County, Benton County and Elko County investigations led to locating him in Nebraska. When Nebraska authorities made contact with him, he fled in a vehicle and abandoned it to run on foot. He hid in a national park for several days before surrendering. Stolen firearms were located in the pickup he was driving. And to think, it’s all because I was waiting on a phone call.”

Det. Rick Runge
Kennewick Police

LeadsOnline helps Ohio police take stolen guns off the streets

“We received an NCIC hit from LeadsOnline for an iPod and a camera that were reported stolen in a burglary. Investigators located the suspect, who confessed to the offense and turned over a firearm also taken from the burglary. The information provided by LeadsOnline not only identified our suspect, but it got a stolen firearm off the streets. Thanks Leads Online!”

Inv. M. Robinson
Clermont County Sheriff’s Office

Automated hit from online investigations system locates a stolen shotgun

“I received an NCIC hit for a stolen shotgun from a November 2009 burglary in Greenville, South Carolina. I was able to confirm the shotgun as the correct shotgun from the burglary, and I contacted the shop in Greenville to place a hold on the shotgun. Investigator Perron with Greenville County Sheriff’s Department assisted me in recovering the shotgun, which was turned back to the victim. This has been my first NCIC hit recovery through Leads.”

Det. Phil Tripp
Rock Hill Police Department
South Carolina

Automated reports return hit on gun stolen six years ago

“I received an NCIC Potential Hit on a stolen gun that was pawned at a local gun shop. I was able to verify this was a gun that was stolen in 2007 from Mountain Brook. I seized the gun and returned it to the owner. This would not have been possible without the information from LeadsOnline. Thanks!”

Det. Don Garrett
Mountain Brook Police Department

Firearm returned to owner eight years after being stolen

“In 2005 the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office took a theft complaint of three firearms that were stolen. All three guns were entered into NCIC. Eight years later, I did an NCIC Potential Hit search and a gun came back matching one of the guns stolen in 2005. I contacted the businesses in Missouri and located the stolen firearm. The shop shipped the gun to the Sheriff’s Office. I then returned the weapon to the owner. The owner was very happy since the weapon belonged to his grandfather. I wouldn’t have been able to recover this weapon without LeadsOnline. Thank you!”

Det. Shaun Goyette
Juneau County Sheriff’s Office

LeadsOnline thinks you’re a Rock Star for catching crooks!

“I am a Sheriff’s Department Auxillary volunteer with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and am assigned to the Burglary Unit. In that capacity, I am assigned to checking LeadsOnline. Today, I discovered a stolen Ruger using LeadsOnline. I was using the NCIC stolen items report and received a positive hit on an item that had been reported and had recently been pawned. The item has been recovered and the individual was arrested as a result. I always enjoy catching the bad guys and working for a wonderful department. They think I’m a Rock Star.”

Lorrie Smith
Pima County Sheriff’s Department

Stolen firearm from 1986 home burglary recovered in Kentucky

“I was reviewing our NCIC hits and noticed a stolen shotgun was sold in Richmond, Kentucky. The transaction described an Ithaca model 37, 12-gauge shotgun, with a specific serial number. The NCIC listed the original case to Milford Police Department (Michigan). I read the original report which was listed as a home invasion that occurred in 1986 in the Township of Milford. Upon comparing the pawn information against that of a shotgun taken during the incident, I realized they were the same. I contacted the business in Kentucky and requested a hold. I also contacted Richmond PD and an investigator with that department verified the shotgun in the shop was the one stolen in 1986. The shotgun was subsequently recovered. There was no indication the current owner of the shotgun had knowledge of the home invasion.”

Sgt. Scott Tarasiewicz
Milford Police Department

Property recovered after Kentucky State Trooper’s home was burglarized

“A Kentucky State Trooper’s home was burglarized. Several items were taken including his uniform, badge, duty weapons, military medals, military gear, and his duty taser. I searched LeadsOnline every day attempting to find any of the Trooper’s items. A few weeks later, I got a hit through NCIC on his duty taser in another state. This resulted in the arrest of two individuals that we were also able to connect to five other burglaries. I was then able to search their names through LeadsOnline, and this led us to more possible stolen items. Most of the personal property from these burglaries has been returned to the victims including multiple guns, jewelry, and other items. At this time, we are still recovering property and other charges are pending.”

Analyst Christopher Daniels
Kentucky State Police

Georgia police hail LeadsOnline as the best crime fighting tool

“Another case solved thanks to LeadsOnline. I was assigned a case involving a vehicle break-in. All leads were exhausted and the case was placed on inactive status. While doing my daily LeadsOnline review, I received an NCIC hit for our agency. The hit was for a firearm that had been stolen out of the vehicle in my case. The firearm was recovered, returned to the owner and an arrest was made. This would not have been possible without LeadsOnline. This is the best crime fighting tool and service for property crime investigators that I have come across in my 24 year career in law enforcement.”

Inv. Steve Kimbel
Madison County Sheriff’s Office

LeadsOnline recovers meaningful item for victim

“In January, I was conducting my NCIC audit in LeadsOnline. I found a firearm had been sold in a neighboring county which had been flagged. After pulling the Microfiche, I confirmed the firearm as being stolen. I contacted the business and put a hold on the firearm. In February, I recovered the stolen firearm from the neighboring police agency which had picked up the gun for me. This firearm was stolen in 1984 and for the last 32 years it had been owned by several people. The victim was contacted and we learned her Grandfather had given her the gun when she turned 19 years of age. After she picked up the gun from our facility she was extremely happy to have such a sentimental item back after all these years. Another great example how LeadsOnline is a valuable tool for law enforcement.”

Firearm recovered

“While searching LeadsOnline, I found that a suspect had pawned a firearm that was said to have been stolen from a nearby city. After confirming the stolen firearm through NCIC and confirming with the business that they had possession of the firearm, I contacted the reporting agency and made them aware of the otherwise unknown activity.”

Detective Sean Boczar
Helena Police Department

That’s my gun, bro’

“I entered a stolen firearm into NCIC in reference to a burglary from a business. LeadsOnline notified me of a possible pawn transaction and it was the same weapon stolen in my business burglary case. The person who pawned the rifle was the brother of the suspect identified in the case who was fully cooperative in the investigation. I think this is an excellent example of how helpful LeadsOnline is.”

Detective Beth Diaz
Glendale Police Department

LeadsOnline and Benton County detective working hard to bring the community together

“One other detective and I attended the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigation Training located at the Bentonville Police Department in Northwest Arkansas. Along with the LeadsOnline representative, special agents with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office presented the material aimed at assisting law enforcement with metal theft investigations. Detective Srader and I had already utilized the LeadsOnline program to assist in solving many crimes committed within and outside of our jurisdiction. Having thought we knew most of what we needed to know about the program, we quickly realized we were mistaken. The LeadsOnline program can be utilized in more ways than we had originally thought. Detective Srader and I are tasked with investigating the majority of the property crimes within our county and we have two main goals. The first of which is to recover the stolen property and return it to the owner and the second is the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

Last month, we began utilizing the LeadsOnline system to track down stolen items that had previously been entered into NCIC. Prior to the training received two months ago, Detective Srader and I were unaware that NCIC entries were uploaded into LeadsOnline and would be displayed if the items were sold. After manually looking through several entries involving our jurisdiction, we came across a bolt action rifle that had been reported stolen in 2003. Further investigation revealed the home of the owner was burglarized that year. An investigation never ensued as there was no evidence or leads at that time. In fact, little information was obtained from that investigation because the sheriff’s office had changed their software. The dispatchers that were contacted to confirm the NCIC entry were forced to manually look through old files to find the entry form. Ultimately, we were able to make contact with owner and informed him the rifle had been sold at a business in Springdale, Arkansas earlier this year. During our conversation with the owner, he was in disbelief. Not only had we located his stolen gun but he was amazed that we were still trying to investigate a burglary case from 2003. The owner further stated the rifle contained much sentimental value as it had been passed down through his family and was eventually given to him. The rifle was seized from the business and provided to the owner two days after it was sold. Once again, the owner was in disbelief and was actually speechless as we provided the rifle to him.

I am writing this letter to thank all persons involved with the aforementioned training. Even though they were not present during this investigation, they played a significant role as the owner’s rifle would have never been located without their help. It is cases such as these that help bring communities together and strengthen the bond between law enforcement agencies and the citizens they’ve sworn to serve.”

Det. Scott Sullivan
Benton County Sheriff’s Office

Another firearm recovered and returned with NCIC, LeadsOnline, and Portland Police

“We received an NCIC hit on a rifle sold in a neighboring city. I checked the rifle and was able to positively identify it as the stolen one which was reported in 2013 after being taken from a vehicle. The rifle was recovered and returned to the owner. After interviewing the person who had sold the rifle it was found that he had purchased the gun several years ago at a gun show.”

Det. Travis Wiesman
Portland Police Department

Distance won’t keep this Portland detective and LeadsOnline from recovering property

“We received an NCIC hit on a shotgun which was stolen in 2013 from a vehicle. The shotgun was sold in San Antonio which is a little more than two hours away from our city. The San Antonio Police Department recovered the shotgun and sent it to us. I was then able to return the shotgun which was still in the original soft case to the owner who was very happy to receive his property back.”

Det. Travis Wiesman
Portland Police Department

LeadsOnline’s partnership with NCIC once again helps close a case

“While I was using LeadsOnline, I was able to match an NCIC hit of property taken in one of our residential burglaries. The hit gave us enough information to be able to tie the property stolen in the burglary, specifically a 22 cal. handgun, to a listed and named suspect. The LeadsOnline system seems to be a very good tool.”

Det. Jerry Hanes
San Bernardino Police Department

Stolen TV is located through NCIC hits

“We recently received a notice from LeadsOnline that a TV we entered as stolen into the NCIC system was recently sold at a local business. The TV was taken in a business burglary almost two years ago! The pawn shop was very cooperative, and we are hoping this break will help us solve the burglary. Needless to say, we are pretty happy with just the notice and will be using this success to encourage all of our residents to keep track of their serial numbers. I’m also certain that this success will keep the bean counters convinced that we need this tool.”

Chief Perry Kingsbury – FBINAA #195
Wrightstown Police Department

Stolen gun found one year later with NCIC hit

“On December 29, 2009, I responded to a burglary involving a stolen firearm, a Phoenix .22 caliber semi automatic. I quickly developed a lead and subsequently made an arrest and charged a female with the burglary, however she did not disclose the location of the stolen firearm. Almost exactly one year later, on 27th day of December 2010, the said stolen firearm was recovered in a local pawn shop with the help of LeadsOnline NCIC Hits. Thanks to LeadsOnline for helping take another stolen firearm off the street, and making the community and our police officers safer with the weapon back in our hands and not in the hands of the bad guys.”

Det. C.L. Buttrick
Marmet Police Department
West Virginia

Gun stolen two years ago recovered

“On March 2, 2011, I was checking my NCIC Hits and located a hunting rifle that had been stolen from a house in George County, MS in 2008. 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 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 L. Smith
George County Sheriff’s Department

Selling your Rolex? No problem. Reporting it stolen after you sell it? Big problem.

“Chapel Hill Police Department used LeadsOnline on a 2-week free trial in hopes of opening an account in the near future. As she was showing me around the site and the new features, we found an NCIC hit for a stolen Rolex watch entered by my agency. The watch was sold by the victim who reported it well before the police report was filed, also known as Insurance Fraud. Insurance company is now involved and investigating, hoping to recoup payment and push for prosecution.”

Investigator Patrick Gilchrist
Chapel Hill Police Department
North Carolina