The most challenging part of law enforcement is being able to get a suspect off the street who is obviously committing crimes but skirting the law. Whether they are hiding in plain sight or making sure to keep the evidence from the law, we have to work that much harder to keep the streets safe. One suspect in particular was really a problem for law enforcement because we knew he was committing crimes, but he would either slip by us or change his identity and get away just before we could catch him.
On one occasion, the suspect was caught with a truck full of stolen merchandise, but a glitch in the check-in system didn’t connect him with prior convictions, so he was released before me and my team was able to get to the jail to confirm it was our suspect. Little things like this gave the suspect a false sense of security, and he began ramping up his criminal activities.
On a hunch, I decided to check the jail to see if this suspect had any close associates we could interrogate. At the same time, Securus Technologies was training the corrections officers on the new inmate call system installed. I decided this would be the perfect way to listen to chatter and not let the inmates in on the fact we were trying to gather information on our suspect. These inmates simply love to brag about their crimes, and today was no different.
While monitoring the Securus Technologies inmate call system, we picked up on the chatter we were hoping for. The suspect had just robbed again and was looking for a place to unload his latest haul. The inmate directed him to an associate to fence his stuff, and luckily we got there and made the arrest with the suspect caught red-handed.