Part of my duty as a crime scene investigator is to collect evidence quickly enough that we can make a profile of the suspect and get officers to that suspect as fast as possible. We were dealing with a criminal who was robbing local businesses after hours, making off with several hundred thousand dollars of product in only a few weeks. The way he robbed these locations was the same, so we knew we were dealing with the same suspect.
Although we had a description of our suspect, we needed help finding out his real identity so we could close the books on this case before another shop was burglarized. We posted information on several news websites and even handed out flyers, but no one was able to help us identify this suspect. One thing I have learned in all my years in law enforcement is that criminals love to brag, we just needed to go where there would be a ton of them in the same place.
Our investigation took us to the local prison, and we let the inmates know why we were in town. Securus Technologies is responsible for the installation of the new inmate telephone monitoring system the corrections officers are using to listen to the prisoners on the phone. We discovered very quickly that they began talking about our visit to their family and friends right out of the gate. Once call was very interesting to my team.
The Securus Technologies system picked up chatter from an inmate warning his brother not to buy any stolen property for a while. Although brief, we thought this could be a lead that may pan out. This person had already bought stolen goods from our suspect, and his cooperation led us right to the fugitive and his ultimate arrest.