Pennsylvania AG rounds up 32 in alleged pawn shop theft ring based in Bucks County

March 1, 2018

By James O’Malley

Staff at two Bucks County pawn shops and more than two dozen “professional” thieves face conspiracy charges in alleged large-scale theft ring.

One owner of two Bucks County pawn shops, four of his employees and 27 “professional retail thieves” have been charged as part of an alleged large-scale theft ring the attorney general says preyed on people with addictions to turn a profit.

The state Office of Attorney General on Thursday alleged 35-year-old Michael Stein’s pawn shops Quick Cash Trading Post, in Middletown, and Morrisville Loan & Pawn Shop, in Falls, purchased for resale some $689,000 in merchandise stolen from chain retail stores.

Stein and his employees Victor Kline Jr., Lyle Lazar Boden, Joshua Fedalen and Brian Ernest Jancia dealt directly with the 27 accused of the thefts between January 2014 and October 2017, says a grand jury presentment, paying 30 percent or 40 percent of the items’ retail value and then selling the items for a profit online.

Known within the conspiracy as “boosters,” each of the theft suspects stole from stores on an almost-daily basis to support addictions to heroin and opioids, according to the grand jury.

The presentment says the broader investigation continues probing a larger ring of five stores “operating nominally as pawn shops” in Bucks, Philadelphia and Delaware counties.

“We are not done,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Thursday morning at the Falls municipal building, adding the investigation is ongoing and remains “very active.” He declined to comment when asked if more arrests were imminent.

Shapiro said Stein’s operation preyed on the drug addictions of the boosters, who he described as “professional retail thieves.” The 27 suspects have been charged with counts of retail theft and conspiracy.

“It doesn’t excuse their criminal behavior, but we’re working very hard to get them into treatment,” Shapiro said.

Stein, of Middletown, was arraigned before District Judge Jan Vislosky on counts of corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. He was released on 10 percent of $50,000 bail.

His attorney Ryan Becker urged reporters after the arraignment to “look at the charges.”

“He’s not accused of stealing anything,” he said. “He’s only accused of not knowing the people he was dealing with had stolen these things.”

Kline, 46, of Philadelphia; Boden, 29, of Philadelphia; Fedalen, 26, of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, and Jancia, 28, of Holmes, Delaware County, all were arraigned Thursday on counts of corrupt organizations, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Each was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Operating for years under a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy – if the seller didn’t say an item was stolen, the store purchased items without question — Klein and his employees routinely purchased various new, still-boxed items, including kitchen appliances, computer equipment and vacuum cleaners, prosecutors say.

In addition to purchasing items from people who previously had admitted committing retail thefts, the employees in many cases suggested the alleged thieves return the stolen item to the store for a gift card, which the pawn shops then purchased for 50 percent of face value, the grand jury presentment says.

The two pawn shops over time allegedly purchased nearly 5,000 items from “boosters,” paying them some $290,000 for the stolen items, according to prosecutors. The stores profited from resale to the tune of more than $470,000.

Investigators began looking into the alleged theft ring in April 2015 after loss prevention agents, noticing an increase in thefts and tracking stolen products to pawn shops including Stein’s, approached police in Falls, the presentment says.

Falls police used an informant to sell purportedly stolen goods and reviewed pawned items in the online database “LeadsOnline,” the grand jury says. Both Falls and Bristol Township require pawn shops to use the private database to track items. As the investigation expanded, police reached out to county detectives and later to the Office of Attorney General.

Reached Thursday, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub applauded the charges as the result of a collaborative effort.

“We’re very happy with the arrests and to be able to shut down this corrupt organization,” he said, noting that county detectives remain involved with the investigation. “This is certainly something that’s on our radar at present and in the future.”


Canon City Police encouraging residents to register valuables in database

March 7, 2018

By Jessica Barreto

If your phone or computer is stolen and you can’t provide a serial number on record, police may not be able to find them.

That’s why Canon City police are helping community members register valuables for free.

They’re partnering with an online company to store data about your property.

It’s a new way to keep track of your valuables — a safeguard in the event that something happens to them.

“It allows us to kind of track it down and track down those properties to help solve a crime,” said Detective Athena Garcia with Canon Police Department.

Canon City’s Police Department now subscribes to the service LeadsOnline which gives detectives critical information on missing and stolen items right at their fingertips.

Even though police have pay to use it, residents can register for free.

On the site, you can catalog your valuables in case they turn up somewhere else, like a pawn shop.

“It kind of pinpoints where these items are pawned, who pawned them so we have a suspect in mind,” said Detective Garcia.

Every pawn shop in the state of Colorado is required to report its transactions and LeadsOnline simply uses that data to cross-check serial numbers with missing items.

If there’s a hit anywhere the country, police get an alert.

“By putting in the serial numbers, by having all that data available, specific identifiers, what models, serial numbers, everything helps us find those items,” added Detective Garcia.

Despite property crimes like burglaries dropping eight percent from 2016 to 2017, they still make up more than 75 percent of all crimes in Canon City compared to violent crimes.

But police say if you register your items, you can help solve your own case if they get stolen.

“The more people in the community that catalog their items, and write down the serial numbers, the easier it’s gonna be for us to be able to follow up on those cases,” said Sgt. Timothy Bell with Canon Police Department.


Paducah man arrested for allegedly pawning stolen firearms

February 16, 2018

By Krystle Callais

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — A Paducah man was arrested for allegedly selling stolen firearms.

On November 11, 2017, two handguns were reported stolen to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. The handguns were stolen from an unlocked car on Fairview Drive in Paducah.

The serial numbers of the guns were put into the national crime computer system as stolen.

On February 12, 2018, one of the handguns was sold at a local pawn shop.

Deputies say 21-year-old Rasheed Rashod Davonte Jones sold the stolen handgun.

The second handgun was found to have been sold at another local pawn shop.

Jones was arrested and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property-firearms.


Helena man charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft

January 22, 2018

By Thomas Plank

A 21-year-old Helena man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools.

Tyler Thomas Ross Nelson is being charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and possession of burglary tools.

Nelson allegedly stole “Snap-On” hand tools, an air compressor and other tools from a garage from Jan. 9-16. Several of the tools were later discovered at a pawn shop.

Nelson was arrested after a search of his vehicle found tools fitting the description of those stolen from the garage, a pry bar, crowbars and a set of bolt cutters that are similar to those used in burglaries, according to court documents.


Suspect ID’d in jewelry theft

February 16, 2018

By Andy Morphew

A man out of Oklahoma City has been identified by Duncan Police as a suspect in last month’s robbery at Payne’s Jewelry.

John Dale Bradshaw is wanted in connection with the crime, which was reported Jan. 18, according to an affidavit filed in Stephens County Court.

The owner said five rings were missing. He reviewed security camera footage and observed a white male reaching over the counter and taking the display, which held five rings.

The Duncan Police Department shared the information with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center and, within the hour, received a call from a Nichols Hills officer.

The officer advised Duncan police that he was reasonably sure the male in the photo was John Bradshaw and was a target of an investigation of a similar crime a number of years ago.

With the reports from the Nichols Hill Police Department, Duncan police were able to search social media to find Bradshaw and see images resembling those from the alleged robbery.

After looking up Bradshaw, Duncan police searched a database of pawn shops and found a record of a John Bradshaw who pawned a 14-karat diamond ring in Oklahoma City the day after the robbery. The store confirmed that Bradshaw pawned the ring.

Taking a photo of the ring from the pawn shop, the owner of Payne’s Jewelry successfully identified the ring and gave a positive ID of Bradshaw after seeing a photo shown by police.

Another pawnshop owner in Texas called Duncan police Feb. 5 and said they had seen Bradshaw’s image and identified him as the man who had stolen about $4,000 to $5,000 in jewelry from the store in late January.

A felony warrant for Bradshaw has been issued for $25,000. He has been charged with grand larceny after former two or more felony convictions.


Redmond repeat burglary, theft suspect arrested again

January 14, 2018

A Redmond man who recently spent five years in prison on burglary and theft convictions was arrested Saturday after a report of thefts from several cars in northwest Redmond, police said. A raid of his home turned up guns, jewelry, coins and other items stolen in recent Bend and Redmond home and car burglaries, officers said.
Redmond police on Saturday received the report of thefts from several vehicles that had just occurred in the area of Northwest 10th Street and Birch Avenue, Sgt. Eric Beckwith said in a news release Sunday.

Residents said the suspect was seen leaving the area in a red Ford Explorer.

A Redmond officer found the Explorer and contacted Dennis Wayne Madden, 49, who Beckwith said had a window punch, a ski mask, gloves and other burglary tools.
Officers also found a purse belonging to a Redmond woman who reported it stolen the previous night, Beckwith said.

Police said Madden also matched the description of the suspect believed to be involved in several other thefts from vehicles where a window was broken to gain access to the contents.
After the arrest, Redmond police patrol officers and part-time Street Crimes Team members sought and received a warrant to search Madden’s home in the 2500 block of Southwest Cascade Mountain Lane, Beckwith said.

In the home, Beckwith said officers found items belonging to several victims of home burglaries and car break-ins in Bend and Redmond. The recovered items included three stolen firearms, jewelry, collector coins and a large number of small tools. Officers also found a commercial quantity of methamphetamine and other drug-related contraband, he said.

“It’s going to be an exhaustive process trying to match up all of the property with all of the victims that spans throughout Central Oregon, we believe including Bend and other areas,” Redmond police Sgt. Ryan Fraker told NewsChannel 21. “So that’s the process that we’re in right now.”

Madden was booked into the Deschutes County Jail in Bend Saturday afternoon on numerous theft charges as well as unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, ID theft, computer crime, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. He was held without bail on a parole violation.

“Madden has an extensive criminal history of burglary and theft, among other crimes,” Beckwith wrote in a news release. “He has taken advantage of many people in the Central Oregon area over the past decade. He recently served a five-year prison sentence for burglary and theft, related to a 2010 Redmond police investigation.”

At the time of the new crimes, he was on community supervision after his release from prison. Deschutes County Parole & Probation is assisting Redmond police with the investigation, Beckwith said.

“The Redmond Police Department has in our possession several known and suspected stolen items and will work hard to link the property seized during the search warrant to victims in the community,” the sergeant said.

Beckwith said police “would like to credit the detailed observations of the suspect and vehicle by theft victims for the arrest of Madden.” Also, detailed descriptions of stolen items and serial numbers in particular have led to linking Madden to other known thefts.

The sergeant reminded everyone to remove valuables from their vehicles, and urged people to itemize their property and record serial numbers and detailed descriptions.

To that end, Redmond police have partnered with LeadsOnline to assist community members with this essential task. Go to to create an online account where a person can document property and serial numbers.

This information is only accessible by the account creator, not law enforcement, Beckwith said. In the event of a theft or other loss, data can be easily retrieved and provided to police for a report.


Fort Wayne Police detective nets $1 million in recovered stolen property, from jewelry to Beanie Babies

January 23, 2018

When Fort Wayne Police detective Joseph Lyon saw four boxes of Beanie Babies in a pawn shop he knew they had to be hot.

“I looked at the manager and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’”

An hour later he got a call. Indeed, a woman had reported the day before that she’d had four boxes of Beanie Babies stolen.

“Guess what. You’re getting back your Beanie Babies,” he said.

The fabric toys that spawned a collecting frenzy a few years ago are part of the $1 million in stolen property that Lyon has recovered over the years, a rare accomplishment for a one-man show, he said.

How did he reach that Monday? “It’s one Xbox at a time. I just recovered one today.” Laptops are another item often snatched by thieves.

“Every 50 seconds in the U.S. a laptop is stolen,” said Lyon, who has cleared 848 stolen property cases.

Lyon has been responsible for finding stolen property in pawn shops and scrap yards since June 2011. He joined the Fort Wayne Police Department 22 years ago.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I saw 8 years old,” he said of becoming a police officer. “I’ve been living my dream every day.”

As one of the good guys, he uses a computer program called LeadsOnline. All Fort Wayne pawn shops and scrap yards, along with 21,000 businesses nationwide, record their transactions, including item serial numbers. When a victim reports a crime, information goes into the National Crime Information Center, which LeadsOnline looks at twice a day to find any hits on stolen merchandise sold to businesses.

Recording serial numbers and/or getting appraisals and photos of jewelry and reporting thefts as soon as possible are key to Lyon getting victims back their property.

“You think it’s a unique item,” Lyon said, “but there’s thousands sold. … But if I go in soon to a store with a photo, that’s probably your item.”

One business’ accountant noticed at tax time that it had a lot of sales but no corresponding money coming in. The business discovered an employee in charge of its inventory had been stealing jewelry over eight months, listing items as sold but taking them to pawn shops to sell, Lyon said. He was able to recover $129,000 worth of the jewelry including diamond rings and a necklace his wife liked, “But I didn’t have $19,000 lying around to buy it for her.”

He’s “recovered a musical instrument so rare that even the Philharmonic doesn’t own one,” he said.

He’s also found a 1952 amplifier valued at $12,000 that was stolen from a music store.

Lyon has seen three waves of narcotics in Fort Wayne during his time on the force, first crack, then meth and now heroin/opioids. This is the worst, he said. Police chief Steve Reed said Monday during a news conference on 2017 crime reports that much of the thefts going on here and nationwide are fueled by addicts stealing to buy drug.

“They’re so interested in getting that fix,” Lyon said, “they give the items to their dealer … Now when it reaches a shop, it’s passed through a couple of hands.”

The local shops are very cooperative with police.

“They don’t want to take in stolen items,” Lyon said. “… They’re one of the most regulated industries.”

One recently called him to say “We just took in something off the street because we knew it was hot. Come get it.”

Lyon guesses that only 0.1 percent of pawn shop/scrapyard transactions involved stolen items, and tracing the criminals is easier now that the shops require photo identification with a person’s name and date of birth and thumbprints. However, criminals making the transactions don’t always think those things through, which benefits Lyon’s work.

Some criminals sell stolen merchandise directly, and a number of social media apps end with buyers finding that the cell phones they’ve bought have been reported stolen.

If Lyon finds the stolen items before a victim files a claim, he’ll take a photo and process it into the police department’s property room, after which the victim is called to pick up the items. The judicial system allows a photo of the item to be used in court cases, so the victims don’t have to wait months or years for the return of the property.

If victims have filed an insurance claim, Lyon calls the company. If it doesn’t want it he’ll ask if they don’t want it if he can return it to the victim, and the answer is often yes. If it says no, the item goes back to the pawn shop.

Lyon recommends:

– Get jewelry appraised, during which photos will be taken.

– Take photos or make a list of serial numbers.

– Put photos or the list of serial numbers of your items on a thumb drive, not your laptop, which would likely be among items stolen. Store the thumb drive in a safe place that won’t be lost in a fire or tornado.

– Record your items and photos on LeadsOnline’s ReportIt section, which has free storage for photos, serial numbers and receipt scans. Go to

– Do a walk-through of your home after having visitors such as a cleaning lady or that cousin you haven’t seen in a while who just shows up. Otherwise, it might be months before you notice something is missing. By then, your stolen item may have passed through several hands and can’t be traced.


NCSO uses online technology to recover stolen property

January 19, 2018

By Michael Johnson

HOLBROOK — The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is using the internet to help burglary victims recover their stolen property.

NCSO is using a service called LeadsOnline, an online investigation system used by law enforcement departments locally, statewide and nationally. It’s a property tracking system that documents and reports items that are pawned and sold or transferred at multiple pawn shops throughout Navajo County, the State of Arizona and the Nation.

NCSO officials said they began using LeadsOnline in February 2010. The program was purchased and shared with all law enforcement agencies in Navajo County.

“This is an outstanding program. Utilized correctly, it is an extremely valuable tool for all law enforcement agencies in Navajo County,” said Sheriff K.C. Clark.

During the past several months, Clark says deputies have recovered “thousands of dollars worth of stolen property” by using the LeadsOnline technology.

On Jan. 8, for example, NCSO officials say they recovered a Rolex watch with an appraisal value of $34,000. The watch was photographed, documented and returned to its owner, who NCSO did not identify.
Deputies investigating a burglary at a business west of Snowflake used LeadsOnline to ID a suspect and recover several stolen pieces of property. Chief Deputy R.D. Moffitt said that suspect, who has not yet been publicly named because there are additional arrests pending, allegedly admitted to his involvement.

The system also helped deputies find additional stolen property, including $71,000 worth of computer and software equipment that the Snowflake business uses to run its machinery.

Not only is it useful in getting stolen property back to its rightful owner, but LeadsOnline, he said, is the link between investigators and missing items or individuals who may turn out to be instrumental in solving a homicide.

“It is truly a proud moment for that deputy, officer or detective when he or she can contact the victims of a theft or burglary and advise them that their stolen property has been recovered and the suspect identified, and his or her arrest is pending,” Clark said.


NCSO uses online technology to recover stolen property

January 1, 2018

By Michael Johnson

HOLBROOK — The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is using the internet to help burglary victims recover their stolen property.

NCSO is using a service called LeadsOnline, an online investigation system used by law enforcement departments locally, statewide and nationally. It’s a property tracking system that documents and reports items that are pawned and sold or transferred at multiple pawn shops throughout Navajo County, the State of Arizona and the Nation.

NCSO officials said they began using LeadsOnline in February 2010. The program was purchased and shared with all law enforcement agencies in Navajo County.

“This is an outstanding program. Utilized correctly, it is an extremely valuable tool for all law enforcement agencies in Navajo County,” said Sheriff K.C. Clark.

During the past several months, Clark says deputies have recovered “thousands of dollars worth of stolen property” by using the LeadsOnline technology.

On Jan. 8, for example, NCSO officials say they recovered a Rolex watch with an appraisal value of $34,000. The watch was photographed, documented and returned to its owner, who NCSO did not identify.

Deputies investigating a burglary at a business west of Snowflake used LeadsOnline to ID a suspect and recover several stolen pieces of property. Chief Deputy R.D. Moffitt said that suspect, who has not yet been publicly named because there are additional arrests pending, allegedly admitted to his involvement.

The system also helped deputies find additional stolen property, including $71,000 worth of computer and software equipment that the Snowflake business uses to run its machinery.

Not only is it useful in getting stolen property back to its rightful owner, but LeadsOnline, he said, is the link between investigators and missing items or individuals who may turn out to be instrumental in solving a homicide.

“It is truly a proud moment for that deputy, officer or detective when he or she can contact the victims of a theft or burglary and advise them that their stolen property has been recovered and the suspect identified, and his or her arrest is pending,” Clark said.


LeadsOnline aids in tracking suspect’s movements across state lines

“I first started using LeadsOnline in September, and we had a report on a brand new Cub Cadet stolen September 12th. I remember coming in on the 13th and seeing this report, so I ran the serial number and had a match within a second. That doesn’t sound that cool or exciting to some with years of experience, but to me, that was the best day of my life. I had only been doing investigations for a few months, and had just been released on my own, so it was my first solved crime thanks to you all. This was only the beginning, because my suspect appeared to be trying to break a record with how many trailers, dirt bikes, and lawn mowers he could steal and sell in the shortest amount of time. Needless to say, he was arrested shortly after and went to prison for a few short months, but I kept up with him and it wasn’t two weeks after he was released he was back at it harder than ever. It took a couple months for him to make his way back into Polk County, NC, where he went on another rampage and he was hitting us every other day. We chased him for months, along with other agencies from North Carolina, South Carolina, and even the US Marshals Service got involved once he pretty much kidnapped our CI. So yes, this was the most fun I’ve ever had on a case, and I got to meet and make great friends and contacts through those months. We were able to close out around 20 cases in the end. I’d like to say thank you and without you all at LeadsOnline, we would not have been able to keep up with and track his whereabouts long enough to get the other agencies involved and get him back in jail where he belongs. Also, I’d like to thank Rutherford county, NC, Cherokee County, SC, Greenville County, SC, and mainly Spartanburg city and county guys for the endless hours, car chases, search warrants, and helping get the Marshal’s Service brought in. Thanks again for everyone’s help, and I hope everyone has had the experience that I’ve had with LeadsOnline.”

Det. / Sgt. Jay Turney
Polk County NC Sheriff
North Carolina

Victim’s stolen tools returned after LeadsOnline revealed they were sold to two local business

“A burglary occurred where several tools were stolen from a shed. The victim could only speculate that one of her neighbors was the suspect, due to past interactions and side work. I ran the suspect’s name through LeadsOnline and sure enough, he had sold those specific tools at two area businesses. Upon further investigation, another neighbor actually saw the suspect back into the victim’s driveway the day of the burglary. Of course, with all of them being neighbors, our witness didn’t think much of it.
Because of the cooperation between the businesses and LeadsOnline, we were able to obtain warrants on our suspect and return the stolen items to our victim.”

Sgt. Kevin Hoffman
York City SC PD
South Carolina

Investigation into stolen Kindle Fire leads to recovered jewelry as well

“I was following our agency’s Person of Interest list. A known drug addict had recently sold a Kindle Fire at our local Cash Land. With further investigation into this suspect, I was able to determine that the Kindle Fire was indeed stolen. It also led to locating jewelry that had been stolen and sold by this same suspect. With the investigative tool of LeadsOnline, I was able to recover these items, return them to the victim, and bring charges against the suspect.”

Det. Nathan Huebner
Van Wert County OH Sheriff

Burglaries ended by Detectives use LeadsOnline to find their suspect

“A few months back, we had a rash of residential burglaries. There was one suspect tied to several different homes. We caught the guy by running the stolen items’ serial numbers in LeadsOnline. Just about every item he stole, he would sell it at nearby businesses. LeadsOnline is a great tool. My department uses it very, very frequently. I would totally recommend any Law Enforcement agency to get linked up with LeadsOnline.”

Det. Billy Mccauley
St. Landry Parish LA Sheriff

LeadsOnline helps recover stolen iPads several states away

“With the help of LeadsOnline, I located two more stolen iPads which were sold out of state. The suspects lives in Florida and traveled to Mississippi on two separate occasions to pawn the stolen IPads. 13 iPads were initially stolen and, with the help of LeadsOnline, 3 have been located so far.”

Det. Gilbert Galloway
Pensacola FL PD

Detective follows lead and returns wife’s jewelry to widower

“An individual contacted my office saying they had information on a male that was breaking into houses and taking items. I was informed that the male had sold several items taken from a house in the southern part of Shreveport, Louisiana; however, he did not know the address. I looked up the male on LeadsOnline and found the items I was told came from a burglary. I used the items to locate a victim. The day the victim’s house was broken into was the same day his wife passed away. The victim was so happy he was in tears to get his wife’s jewelry back. Thanks to LeadsOnline, I was able to verify the information I was given and make an arrest in this case and make a man very happy to get his belongings back.”

Det. Melissa James
Shreveport LA PD

LeadsOnline reveals over 400 sales in suspect’s history

“League City and surrounding agencies have had several thefts and burglaries of optometry businesses over the past year. During the investigation, I was able to identify a suspect now known as the “SUNGLASS BANDIT”! A check of LeadsOnline showed that since June of the previous year, the suspect traveled the state stealing sunglasses and selling them in the areas where he steals them. According to LeadsOnline, the suspect had sold 427 sunglasses at 88 different businesses for a value of $22,000. A warrant for his arrest has been issued and he will soon be placed into custody.”

Det. Recie Tisdale
League City TX PD

Chief Investigator finds lead on stolen item before the initial report had been completed

“I was walking through the patrol room and overheard a complainant tell an officer about his stolen laptop computer. I obtained the serial number, brand name, and model and decided to check LeadsOnline. I had obtained a hit on the stolen computer and suspect information before the initial report was completed.”

Chief Inv. Barry Smith
Pass Christian MS PD

Collaboration between cities leads to identifying three stolen chainsaws

“Detective Joseph Lyons, of the Fort Wayne PD, called me yesterday and advised me of possible stolen chainsaws at businesses in his city. I contacted the victim and was able to identify three of his chainsaws on LeadsOnline. Great collaboration between agencies and of course it could not have been done without LeadsOnline!”

Det. Stacy Sexton
Auburn IN PD

LeadsOnline provides lead for Detective and results in closure of multiple cases

“I was able to locate multiple items of stolen property related to several vehicle break-ins and a B&E. Locating this property was the only lead I was able to obtain in this case. By doing so, 3 cases will be closed by arrest and 5 victims will be able to have some of their property returned to them.”

Det. Matthew Davila
Miami Township OH PD – Milford

A single check of LeadsOnline leads to identifying twelve stolen items

“After a recent overdose in our town, our investigation led us to the name of female who was also a drug user. After interviewing her parents, it turned out they had spoken about numerous items that had been stolen from their residence but never reported to police. After a check of Leadsonline, it was confirmed the missing / stolen items from the parents’ house had been sold by their daughter. Regarding this case, I was able to ID 12 items. Leadsonline is the best!”

Det. Robert Deko
North Branford CT PD

Detective locates stolen camera that also leads to victim’s stolen truck

“We had a residential burglary where the suspect took a Cannon camera and escaped in a truck stolen from the residence. The victim was able to supply us with a serial number for the camera. Once we entered the serial into LeadsOnline, the camera was immediately shown to be at a business. After recovering the camera and receiving the information on the person who sold it, it was just a drive to the residence of the person who sold it to recover the truck.”

Det. Eric Miller
Sandoval County NM Sheriff
New Mexico

Another classic case of iPad theft solved by LeadsOnline

“On one of our B&E the suspect took an iPad. When the owner got us the serial number I ran it through LeadsOnline. LeadsOnline found the item and suspect right away. The iPad was sent back to the owner and the suspect was arrested. Later he was found guilty in court.”

Sgt. James Kerney
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
North Carolina

LeadsOnline helps solve string of BB gun vandalism cases

“While investigating a string of BB gun vandalism cases, we were able to trace the suspect’s vehicle to a local Walmart. When reviewing the video from Walmart, it looked as though two college-aged males stole several BB guns and a hoverboard scooters. Loss Prevention at Walmart was able to identify the products, and a search was conducted for those items using LeadsOnline. LeadsOnline showed the scooter was located at a business, having been sold the very next morning after the theft, while an air rifle was sold later in the afternoon at another business. This information was extremely helpful in identifying the suspects and taking them into custody where both males admitted to committing the thefts, the pawn transactions, and the numerous counts of vandalism.”

Det. William Jarrett
Port St. Lucie Police Department

Two suspects, two backpack blowers, two arrests solved withing two days

“I had two different cases where $500 backpack blowers were stolen and sold on the same day of the theft. One blower was sold locally and the other blower was sold in another county. There were two different suspects involved in the cases. With the help of LeadsOnline the blowers were located and returned to the owners within two days of the theft.”

Det. Gilbert Galloway
Pensacola Police Department

T-Mobile employee gets caugth selling $22,000 work of cellphones

“While I was working with the repeated transaction function, I discovered an individual selling multiple brand new cell phones to several ecoATM machines. During the investigation, I learned that the subject was an employee of T-Mobile and was stealing the phones and selling them. He sold over 30 cell phones In 1 month. Total property recovered was over $22,000. He was confronted and admitted to the theft. T-Mobile did not have any idea that this was occurring.”

Det. Alan Koenig
Norfolk Police Department

Team work makes the dream work for two departments in Illinois.

“St. Charles Police issued a bulletin looking for help to ID a suspect. The suspect looked familiar to me so I ran the name I thought it was through LeadsOnline but it came back negative. So I ran the stolen phone info and it came back with the actual suspect selling the stolen phone to ecoATM, as well as 22 others in the area. I notified St. Charles PD of the information and ended my involvement.”

Det. Rich Meszaros
Plainfield Police Department

Suspect travels to neighboring state to avoid getting caught selling stolen property

“We were working a series of daytime residential burglaries and developed a suspect. Our agency was relatively new to LeadsOnline and I was just starting to utilize some of the features. I created a person of interest of our primary suspect and within days I received an alert. The suspect actually went across the river 90 minutes away and into the neighboring state to sell this item to a business. Without the POI alert from LeadsOnline, we likely would not have known that this occurred. With that information, and along with other facts gained during the investigation, a search warrant was executed and numerous burglaries were closed across several jurisdictions. One burglary was even discovered before the victim was aware of it since they were out of the country for their honeymoon”

Sgt. Yon Abel
Linn County IA Sheriff’s Department

Suspect is sentenced to fifteen years for stealing a gun with sentimental value

“I worked a burglary in Charleston County where two guns and a weedeater were stolen at the end of 2015. A fingerprint was obtained at the scene and eventually came back to a suspect. Using LeadsOnline I was then able to quickly determine that the suspect had sold a matching gun at one business and then the weedeater at another business on the day of the burglary. The gun, which had been passed down to the victim by his father, was recovered but the weedeater was not due to the lapse in time. The suspect was arrested and eventually went to trial in April of 2017 where he received 15yrs for the burglary and 10yrs for obtaining goods by false pretenses.”

Det. Timothy McCauley
Charleston County Sheriff’s Department
South Carolina

Stolen Xbox gets recovered with the help of LeadsOnline

“Oue suspect sold an Xbox One to a local business that was stolen during a residential burglary. The suspect’s name was searched via LeadsOnline and we were able to find the stolen property. Thanks LeadsOnline!”

Det. Jess Thomas
Wood River Police Department

Stolen property gets returned to it’s rightful owner within days of the crime

“In August, I was assigned a theft investigation that occurred within Indian River County, Florida. During my investigation I developed a suspect and determined that he had stolen one gold wedding band with “Happy Anniversary 1911” inscribed on the inside, one gold cross, one 14 karat white and yellow gold heart dolphin pendant, one yellow/white gold Greek style pair of earrings with one diamond on each earring, approximately $7.00 in quarters and one .22 caliber American Arms Revolver. With the victims item description and their records retention of the firearms serial number I was able to locate all stolen items at various businesss and return them to their rightful owner within days of being assigned this case. The suspect currently has warrants for his arrest.”

Dep. Aaron Scranton
Indian River County Sheriff’s Department

Next door neighbor gets caught selling stolen laptop

“I am investigating a residential burglary case and located the stolen laptop on your site. The next door neighbor sold it within two hours of the victim leaving her home. Thanks!”

Det. Paul Hulbert
Shorewood Police Department

LeadsOnline reveals the suspect’s girlfriend sold the stolen property

“I have been investigating a burglary and located a person of interest. Throughout the investigation I was able to determine that the person of interest transferred property to his girlfriend who subsequently sold the items. I was able to determine this based on associate information through LeadsOnline. I was able to return the property to the victim.”

Cpl A. Calore
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department
South Carolina

LeadsOnline puts victim and his stolen bike back on track

“A bicycle was reported stolen and entered into NCIC. I ran the bike through LeadsOnline and found that it had been sold almost immediately after being stolen. A great tool that helped us charge the thief and get the property back.”

Det. Jeff Mellman
University of Northern Colorado

LeadsOnline identifies missing girl and the suspects involved in the crime

“A local cellphone business was broken into and several phones and cash were stolen to the sum of $3,000.00. The suspects in the case left town along with a female believed to have been forced to go along with them against her will. Thanks to Leadsonline, I was able to locate them and obtain photos of the missing woman selling some of the stolen phones. By seeing the missing woman and knowing that she was ok, helped her family greatly.”

Det. Jay Myers
Findlay Police Department

iPad thief is identified through LeadsOnline

“In July, Officer Randall was dispatched to a theft from a construction site. The victim advised he left his iPad on the fifth floor of the site. When he returned the next day he discovered a plywood wall kicked in and his property stolen. The investigator received photos that showed the tag number to suspect’s vehicle. Officer Randall ran the suspect through LeadsOnline and learned that he sold an iPad to an ecoATM machine. The victim gave the investigator the serial number, which matched the same serial number to the stolen iPad. Investigator Robeson sent Kroger a request to retrieve the item. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect and the victim received his iPad.”

Lt. Brendon Barth
Atlanta Police Department

An Xbox purchased with a stolen credif card

“Our suspect stole a credit card from a vehicle and went to Best Buy to purchase an Xbox. On the same day, the suspect sells the Xbox for the cash We were able to track his transactions and recover the Xbox, we were also able to reverse the charges to the victims credit card, and now the suspect will be arrested pending the final paperwork and other charges.”

Public Safety Supp. Spec. Elizabeth Vasquez
Pima County Sheriff’s Department

An ex-girlfriend on probation is arrested for stealing her boyfreind’s Xbox

“I was investigating a theft where an Xbox was stolen from a residence by the victim’s ex-girlfriend. Luckily we had the serial number for the Xbox. The very next day LeadsOnline sent us a notification that the Xbox was sold to a local Gamestop. The Xbox was recovered and the suspect, who was already on probation, was arrested.”

Det. Marcella Mayo
Columbia County Sheriff’s Department

A contractors worst nightmare doesn’t end so bad after LeadsOnline locates his stolen tools

“I was given a theft report involving stolen tools. The victim is a contractor who hired several subcontractors to complete a renovation of a residence. The victim’s tools were stolen from the job site. Several names were given as suspects. I ran those names through LeadsOnline and was able to locate some of the stolen property. This case was only able to be closed with an arrest due to LeadsOnline.”

Det. Matthew Davila
Miami Township Police Department – Milford

Officer able to recover stolen phones in under 48 hours by using LeadsOnline

“Our agency had a theft of cell phones from a local YMCA. This particular YMCA has had a significant amount of theft, which has often gone unsolved. A quick LeadsOnline check confirmed the phones, a total value of $500, had been sold to a nearby ecoATM. They were able to be removed from the machine before they were sent out! A suspect was quickly located and it was learned that his sister had stolen the items, which she later admitted to. Case closed in about 30 hours!”

Ofc. Ryan Utt
Gahanna OH PD

House-sitter caught and charged by Detective using LeadsOnline

“My victim returned home from a six-week trip to Georgia, and found several things taken from his residence; including his class of 1978 high school ring. Using LeadsOnline, I was able to locate the ring at a pawnshop in the next county to the east. I searched LeadsOnline for any other transactions from the person who sold the ring, and I found 7 other transactions at 4 different businesses. I was informed by my victim the suspect was the girlfriend of the person he let house-sit while he was away. I entered his house-sitter into LeadsOnline as well, and located more of his property at 2 additional businesses. All in all, we were able to recover most of the stolen merchandise and successfully charged the two suspects, thanks to LeadsOnline.”

Det. James Lear
La Porte County IN Sheriff

Criminal charged after Lieutenant uses LeadsOnline to see he was present during the crimes

“In September, we had a rash of car burglaries in a subdivision in our town. There were 26 cars broken into, including a law enforcement vehicle. We were able to collect evidence from the area, which led to us discovering a fingerprint on an item. The suspect was identified through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and we questioned him, but he denied ever being in that area. We searched for him on LeadsOnline and found that he had sold an item to a store in the area, which included a cell phone number for him that he did not provide us with. We did a search warrant on that phone number and the results put him in the area at the time of the burglaries. Without LeadsOnline we would not have made that connection. He has been charged and is pending in court now. Thanks”

Lt. Joel Massey
Fayetteville TN PD

Lieutenant notified by LeadsOnline and leads to the arrest of two criminals

“On March 10th, I began an investigation into two separate reported theft and “break ins”. These two incidents initially involved two unknown suspects and the incidents were believed to be committed on or before March 9th. I became aware of the theft of a Samsung 32″ smart TV while inspecting the crime scene where a Jeep Cherokee SUV had been rummaged through by unknown suspects. The TV was stolen from a shop/garage and the Jeep was at a neighboring residence. For ten days, I conducted numerous computer based searches for the selling or pawning of the smart TV. No viable suspects had been identified for these incidents through my searches. The suspect or suspects are believed to have possibly walking from a parked car or local residence and carried the smart TV from it’s original location from the victim’s shop/garage. This belief is due to the viewing of a surveillance recording by SGCSO, Deputy Bryan Berg during his investigation referencing the Jeep Cherokee. I conducted a canvas of the immediate area, but did not identify suspects. On March 20th, I closed these investigations due to no suspects being identified. On April 4th, I reopened investigations into the stolen smart TV and the car break in. In addition, I associated another reported incident to the same initially unknown suspects. This incident referred to a burglary and theft of a Stihl chainsaw from a garage within a short walking distance of the other incidents. This incident was reported after the victim had realized his chainsaw was missing. He recalled that his garage door was suspiciously left open a few weeks prior to him reporting the chainsaw stolen in late March. I was notified by LeadsOnline that a hit on the victim’s chainsaw’s serial number had been noted. After confirming the serial number hit was accurate, I contacted the business. I learned that the suspect had not only sold the victim’s chainsaw, but the 32″ Samsung smart TV on March 9th. The suspect reportedly signed documents with the business and provided identification. The business advised me the chainsaw and the smart TV had already been sold and no documentation are kept of persons buying items from them; therefore, the current locations of the items are unknown. On April 5th, I continued this investigation and learned the suspect had a warrant for his arrest issued by Perry County. The charge related to the arrest warrant was for Burglary without forced entry. I contacted Perry County Sheriff’s Detectives and learned that on March 16th, Perry County Deputies identified my suspect along with three other suspects as persons who were in the act of committing theft from cars and burglaries of garages in Perry County. Two of these suspects have been arrested, but the other two, including my suspect, remain at large. I am seeking arrest warrants for the suspect and continuing this investigation.”

Lt. Lance White
Sainte Genevieve County MO Sheriff

Deputies use information from LeadsOnline to catch wanted robber

“I received information that a wanted subject had recently sold an item. This information was gathered by LeadsOnline. LeadsOnline informed me of the subject’s address and that the subject had an active criminal warrant for Robbery. Deputy A. Madrid and I attempted to locate the subject at the address provided by LeadsOnline. Upon arrival, I observed a silver passenger van leaving the listed residence, driven by a male subject matching the description. After a traffic stop of the vehicle, the driver was identified, taken into custody, and booked for the outstanding criminal warrant for Robbery with no bond.”

Dep. Juan Garcia
El Paso County TX Sheriff

Detective finds suspect with LeadsOnline before they had a chance to sell more stolen property

“Well thanks again, LeadsOnline! I had one suspect identified on a business video but did not have an ID on the second suspect involved with a theft. I entered the suspect’s ID, that I did have into your system, looked for known associates, and found information on the possible suspect. This ticket had a photo scan of the customer that matched the suspect I was trying to identify. Presto, another case cleared without suspect even pawning the stolen property.”

Det. Kerry Thorpe
Murfreesboro TN PD