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LeadsOnline Success Stories: Firearms Theft

LeadsOnline helps return $6,000 worth of mother's stolen jewelry and catch son who stole it

"I received a crime report on my desk where a mother was accusing her son's overnight guest of stealing a large amount of jewelry from the home sometime during the night. The jewelry was valued at over $6,000. A quick check on LeadsOnline showed us it was the son who sold his mother's jewelry, and the overnight guest had nothing to do with the crime. Go LeadsOnline!"

Det. Mark Revis
Bolingbrook Police Department
Illinois

Missouri police recover stolen guns and solve major cases using LeadsOnline

"LeadsOnline is making me a rock star! I just solved a big case using LeadsOnline involving multiple stolen firearms and unlawful possession of firearms by a felon. While investigating a stolen property case, I discovered the suspect sold several stolen guns to a local shop. The suspect admitted he stole the guns from a family member and sold them. I made contact with the family member, and she could not believe it. The family member pressed charges, and her guns were returned to her. I would not have solved this case if it was not for LeadsOnline! This is the second time within a couple of months I have solved a major case by using LeadsOnline. Thank you for making me look good!"

Det. Tony Perkins
Boone County Sheriff's Department
Missouri

Four stolen guns recovered multiple states away

"We have used LeadsOnline for a couple of years now. Using the system, I have recovered several stolen items including a flat screen TV, chainsaws, weed eaters and four stolen guns… some as far away as Texas! It's a great tool."

Det. Gary Barton
Reynolds County Sheriff's Office
Missouri

Guitars and firearms stolen from famous country singer

"I was assigned a report involving the theft of numerous guitars, memorabilia and firearms from a famous country singer. The following two weeks I identified a suspect and through my investigation, identified approximately $25,000 worth of guitars and firearms sold to various businesses in Missouri and Arkansas. Thanks to LeadsOnline, I returned every guitar stolen and several of the firearms back to the owner. Many of these items were very valuable and one-of-a-kind pieces. With the help of LeadsOnline, I quickly identified, placed holds and recovered these items. Without this system, I likely would not have been able to recover all of the items. The amount of hours dedicated to this investigation was drastically cut due to LeadsOnline. The suspect is currently in custody facing numerous charges. Thank you for this website."

Det. Daniel Smithson
Branson Police Department
Missouri

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
Wisconsin

Stolen gun returned to owner four years after being stolen

"While searching LeadsOnline, I received a hit on a stolen firearm from a burglary in July 2009. The firearm was recovered and returned to the rightful owner. He was very happy to have his rifle back since he thought he would never see it again. This would have never been possible without the great service provided by LeadsOnline. Thanks for making my job easier, and making success stories like this happen every day."

Inv. Steve Kimbel
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Georgia

Firearm recovered after being stolen over a year ago

"We had a case where a gun was stolen over a year ago. The weapon turned up last month in another county. Thanks to LeadsOnline we recovered the weapon and got a confession. Never give up and don't give them a break! Thanks Leads!"

Lt. Marion Black
Union County Sheriff's Office
South Carolina

Large amounts of stolen metal recovered thanks to statewide scrap metal database

"We responded to a report of a large amount of metal being stolen. At the time of the report, employees could not give an inventory of the items missing. A few days later, I followed up and discovered that more metal had been stolen over the weekend. This time they had a better inventory and provided a list of Items. I located two transactions that were sold to a shop, and they provided us with a vehicle description for the suspect. I went back to LeadsOnline and located another large metal transaction that was sold to the same shop. I recovered a total of about 4,000 pounds of stolen metal. Thank you LeadsOnline!"

Inv. Daniel A. Thomas
Vicksburg Police Department
Mississippi

Firearms recovered from fleeing suspect

"Thanks to LeadsOnline I was able to locate and recover a stolen firearm for one of my victims. The suspect fled arrest and crossed state lines into West Virginia and sold the stolen rifle. Because of LeadsOnline the firearm was recovered and returned to the owner, and the suspect was later located and arrested for the B&E&L into a residence and Larceny of Firearms, along with several other charges."

Lt. Lee Whitesides
Davie County Sheriff's Office / CID
North Carolina

Stolen firearms recovered

"I received a call from Phenix, Alabama about a residence that was burglarized where several guns were stolen. Unfortunately, he did not have any of the serial numbers for the stolen guns, but I was able to go back to the store where it purchased in Georgia to obtain the serial number. Ten minutes after I obtained the serial number, I ran it on LeadsOnline and found where the shotgun and one of the other stolen guns were sold in Alabama. I then ran the person's name through LeadsOnline and found the rest of the stolen guns and property at another shop close by. I forwarded the information to the detective working the case who was able to recover all of the property and obtain warrants for the offender. This case would not have been solved without the assistance of LeadsOnline."

Det. Tim Busby
Catoosa County Sheriff's Office
Georgia

Rifle stolen in 1971 recovered over 30 years after crime

"We got a hit on a Marlin Rifle that was stolen in 1971. I went to Taylor and recovered it."

Officer Daniel McCulley
Livonia Police Department
Michigan

Eleven guns returned to elderly couple

"I received a case for follow up in reference to 11 stolen firearms. The complainants were able to provide partial serial numbers and descriptions of the firearms. I immediately entered the information I was provided into LeadsOnline. While five of the firearms were recovered locally, the other six were recovered only because the Dallas area businesses and I all used LeadsOnline. A warrant was issued for the convicted felon that burglarized the elderly couple and the property was returned to them, the rightful owners. LeadsOnline provides a great service. I'm so grateful for LeadsOnline."

Inv. Jessica Halbert
Henderson County Sheriff's Office
Texas

Stolen gun and commercial vacuum cleaner found in first training session

"During our training session we discovered a stolen gun with the first search we did. Everyone in the department is talking about LeadsOnline! Let's not forget the stolen commercial vacuum cleaner you helped us find! After the training I went in and found another stolen gun from 2010. Whether you realize it or not you helped get "LEADS" on two separate felonies in one afternoon of training. That is not an everyday occurrence around here at least! Pat yourself on the back!"

Det. Sam Cunningham
Sweetwater Police Department
Texas

Leads delivers results the first time for North Carolina Police

"One of my first assigned cases was a breaking and entering of a residence with a larceny of a shotgun. This was one of my first experiences with LeadsOnline. I ran the suspect's name through the system, and the first search showed me everything I needed to know. I'm really impressed with the LeadsOnline system, and I try to tell any other agency I come in contact with about it. My suspect had actually sold a lot of other property, and I was able to recover other stolen items he sold. Thanks for an awesome system."

Det. Ronald Clarke
Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
North Carolina

Firearms recovered years after being stolen

""I just recovered a firearm from a 1994 burglary in Pocatello, Idaho. The Leads hit occurred after it was sold to a shop here in Clovis, California. The weapon was recovered and confirmed stolen. The person who sold the weapon said she purchased it from a now deceased friend in 2003 in Idaho. The weapon was returned to its rightful owner in Pocatello."

Det. Curtis Shurtliff
Clovis Police Department
California

Recovered stolen weapon in first search

"As a brand new detective with my agency, I was set up with a LeadsOnline account. During my tutorial I used my first assigned stolen weapon case and got a hit. This is an amazing asset to law enforcement!"

Det. Jeff Stracener
Hot Springs Police Department
Arkansas

Missing woman proven to be fraud

"I was assigned a case in which a woman had reported being physically assaulted by her live-in boyfriend. When she returned home, she found that her boyfriend had moved out, and he had taken her father's extensive gun collection with him. She called police out to her residence to report the theft. She advised officers that she and her children would stay with a friend for the night and would follow up with detectives the next day. Since her boyfriend was an ex-convict, and now armed with numerous firearms, she was afraid he would follow up on his threats to kill her. I was unable to reach her for several days after the incident, but I finally received a phone call from worried family members who reported that the day after the assault she dropped her children off at school and never returned to pick them up. The woman had been missing for several days. She did not take her purse, phone, vehicle or any clothes. Her family advised that her children were her life, and she would never go anywhere without them. The case became a missing/abducted person investigation. After exhausting all leads and checking for months for the missing woman, I attended the LeadsOnline conference in Las Vegas where I learned how to get the most out of the system's features. When I returned to Texas, I checked the LeadsOnline database and found that the boyfriend had sold a few of the stolen guns. I ran the woman's information and learned that she had been selling the firearms before the initial theft report. I followed up with the shops in person and found CCTV footage of the pair traveling the country and selling firearms along the way. Now thinking the woman may have left on her own will, I checked some social media online and found a picture with the missing woman in the background, drinking beer and dancing with her boyfriend, several months after abandoning her children at school. LeadsOnline allowed me to clear the missing person case and finally give some answers to her family about what happened to the missing mother. It also later allowed me to show prosecutors that the woman was not an abductee, but a willing participant in her fugitive boyfriend's criminal activities."

Det. Dusty Simmons
Haltom City Police Department
Texas

Stolen handgun recovered in minutes

"Thanks for your quick explanation of how the search works. I located a stolen handgun from 1991 that was just sold to a local business, and that was just within the first 3-4 minutes of being logged in."

Deputy Roger Hetzel
Crawford County Sheriff's Office
Ohio

WWII pistol returned to owner 22 years after being stolen

"Back in 1991...yes, 1991, I was in high school at the time, and the Delhi Township Police were running us off the lot of Burger King, when they weren't busy taking burglary reports. In this report, the victim had several guns stolen from his residence. One of those guns was a Mauser Broomhandle with a wooden holster that also becomes a stock. It is a highly collectible gun and for trivia purposes, also the one Luke Skywalker and Han Solo's blasters were modeled after. My old police chief was a detective at the time and he was eventually able to make an arrest in the offense. However, despite every effort he was unable to recover the stolen Mauser Broomhandle. More than 20 years later, a gun collector sold the stolen Mauser Broomhandle to a shop/gun dealer in Covington, Kentucky, and we were notified through LeadsOnline. The victim was notified and he did not blink an eye at paying to get back the gun his deceased father brought back with him from World War II. I met the victim at the store, and he literally had tears in his eyes. He was so overwhelmed by his emotions about getting the pistol back. After this much time, he never thought it would be found. As the victim went to write a check for the gun, the store manager said the gun collector came in and paid the money back. Some things in life are worth more than money, like a family heirloom and LeadsOnline."

Det. Adam Cox
Delhi Township Police Department
Ohio

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
Alabama

Web-based electronic database solved crime 20 years later

"A rifle reported stolen in 1993 was located after almost 20 years with the help of LeadsOnline. LeadsOnline is the best thing since sliced bread!"

Det. Robert Nichols
Christian County Sheriff's Department
Kentucky

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

Best law enforcement tool around

"I have been using LeadsOnline for approximately one year as an Investigator with my Sheriff's Office. To date, I have recovered approximately $50,000 in stolen property. As recent as last week, I recovered two stolen guns that were taken in separate burglaries. This is the best tool that has been developed for law enforcement in decades."

Inv. Kevin Collie
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Suspect strikes twice in theft cases

"There were some guns stolen at a residence, and then a month later, a generator was stolen from a deer camp. I checked LeadsOnline and found the generator, and I also found two of the stolen guns from the other burglary, and I was able to make the arrest. It was the same person who committed both crimes. Thanks LeadsOnline!!"

Chief Deputy Pete Richardson
Lafayette County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Perfect timing and a stolen firearm is recovered in record time

"I received a report of a stolen firearm, and used LeadsOnline to search it. While I was doing this, someone from the LeadsOnline team called to check in and see if there was anything they could help with. I told her that her timing was perfect. She took the time to give me helpful search hints. Well, those helpful search hints paid off, because two days later, when I was at home writing reports late one night, I receive an email from LeadsOnline saying there as a hit on one of my searches. Sure enough, I logged in, and it was the missing firearm! Without YOU and your database this would not have happened. One bad guy down and infinity more to go. Thanks again. God bless you :) and as I always say, Be Safe Out There!"

Capt. Mark Brock
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office
Missouri

Five minutes into using LeadsOnline, and we solved a 12-year-old cold case

"While using the 30-day trial period, one of our detectives was simply walking through some of the features and offerings of LeadsOnline as it was his very FIRST login on the system. Within 5 minutes of simply pointing and clicking through some of the user-friendly tabs and features, he discovered a stolen firearm in Jacksonville, Florida from a 2001 case (that's 12 years ago!). A hold was placed on the firearm. It was ultimately seized, and the owner was notified. LeadsOnline is already paying off, and we have not even officially signed on (yet). Thank you Leads! We are looking forward to a great partnership in the future."

Lt. Chris Stallings
Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Florida

Hit on stolen firearms reveals convicted felon as the suspect

"LeadsOnline, you are the greatest!!! In early February, I was working on cases of weapons stolen in our city where the serial numbers were not reported. I made contact with a victim of a breaking and entering to an auto that occurred back in July. The victim had a $2,000 competition style gun stolen, and he provided the serial number to me. I immediatley did a search on LeadsOnline and showed that the stolen gun was sold in January. I recovered the gun and found out that the person who sold the gun is a convicted felon for drugs and was just been released from parole! Now this case is being handled by the Feds! Thanks LeadsOnline!!"

Det. Jarl Taylor
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

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
Ohio

All in the family: Police recover property stolen by victim's daughter

"I had a case in which a daughter was stealing property from her parents and pawning/selling it at one of our local shops. I used LeadsOnline to quickly identify 40 stolen items that were pawned by the suspect. I used the transaction report to verify the items with the victim; it was quick and easy. All of the items were recovered and returned to the owner including several firearms. This is another example of how easy and effective LeadsOnline is in catching bad guys. Thanks again!"

Det. Fred McKown
Elko Police Department
Nevada

Shotgun stolen in Missouri found in Arkansas

"We received a report of a stolen shotgun. The issue was that it was stolen three and a half years before anyone noticed it being gone. However, I ran a check and thanks to LeadsOnline, within 15 minutes I was able to locate where the firearm had been bought and sold by the suspect in Arkansas. Unfortunately, the case was past the statutes of limitations for criminal prosecution, but the victim still has a civil recourse."

Det. Sgt.Larry Jones
Stone County Sheriff's Office
Missouri

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
Mississippi

Guns stolen from pawn shop "grab and go" recovered and lead to closure of other burglaries

"While conducting my daily check of LeadsOnline reports, I noticed a potential hit for a stolen handgun. I also noticed that this handgun was reported to the Sheriff's Office as being stolen from another pawn shop three days prior. I found that the suspect is also convicted felon. News reported that two subjects did a "grab and go" theft at a gun store, stealing an AR-15. The suspect pawned this stolen rifle at a pawn shop three hours after the theft. I recovered both weapons, and both suspects have been charged in federal court for being felons in possession of firearms and theft from an FFL. During the interviews, several unsolved robberies and burglaries were solved, just based off of a stolen firearm being pawned. Thanks LeadsOnline!"

Det. J.F. Taylor
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

LeadsOnline leads Georgia Sheriff's Office to recover stolen guns a year after theft

"I was assigned a burglary case with firearms missing prior to our agency using LeadsOnline. A few months after it was purchased I pulled this particular report and searched the serial number of one of the firearms. Well, needless to say, a year after the burglary was reported, with the help of LeadsOnline, the Pike County Sheriff's Office was able to successfully recover both firearms and return them to the rightful owner and get a warrant on the guy who pawned them. Without LeadsOnline I do not think recovery of the firearms would have been possible. Thank you Leads Online!"

Inv. Natasha Horner
Pike County Sheriff's Office
Georgia

Three stolen guns recovered for Louisiana resident

"Thanks to LeadsOnline and their very helpful and well-trained staff, I was able locate and close a case on three stolen guns!!! Again, thank you, LeadsOnline!"

Det. Stacy Johnson
Winn Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

LeadsOnline locates stolen pistols

"I got a hit on a pistol that was reported stolen. I followed up on it, and I located that gun and another one as well."

Det. Robert Hicks
Troy Police Department
Alabama

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
Louisiana

Texas police recover stolen handgun a year after crime

"Just a note to let you know another stolen handgun was located through LeadsOnline. A handgun was pawned in a city neighboring Beaumont, and I received a hit from LeadsOnline. The weapon had been stolen a year and eight days prior to it being pawned. The stolen property has been recovered. Thank you very much!"

Det. Darleen Wisby
Beaumont Police Department
Texas

Birmingham Police locate a stolen gun

"While searching LeadsOnline for stolen property, I discovered a Taurus .40 Cal handgun that was reported stolen during an incident in the Birmingham West Precinct area. There had been no leads in this case until now. All of the pawn information has been given to the investigating detective."

Det. Eric Grimes
Birmingham Police Department
Alabama

Stolen gun found five years after theft

"I was alerted to a hit on LeadsOnline concerning a stolen handgun. This handgun was stolen out of a vehicle in May, 2008. Using LeadsOnline I was able to clear the suspect that had sold the handgun, and then I tracked it back to a pawn ticket from August, 2011. This ticket gave me a suspect who confessed to having the gun in his possession illegally. I was able to make an arrest this suspect."

Inv. Gary Gilley
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

18 year old stolen gun recovered for victim; imagine their surprise

"After going through the LeadsOnline hits, I was able to locate a gun that had been stolen in 1994. It had recently been pawned and we were able to get the gun and return it to its owner after 18 years."

Analyst Beverly Hunt
Kentucky State Police Post 14
Kentucky

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
Missouri

Oklahoma detective finds gun stolen four years ago in gun store burglary; ATF recovers gun

"Detective Robert Whittington was given a Leads Online tip in reference to a stolen firearm that was located at a pawnshop in Lawton, Oklahoma. The stolen rifle was reported stolen out of Shawnee Oklahoma four years earlier. I made contact with the individual who sold the gun, who advised that he purchased the rifle around four years ago at a gun show and did not have his paperwork showing it. Sherman is in the military and stated he has never been to Shawnee, Oklahoma. I contacted ATF, who advised that a gun store in Shawnee had been broken into, and that the gun was one of many stolen. He advised that ATF would collect the gun from the pawnshop."

Lt. William Grimes
Lawton Police Department
Oklahoma

Multi-agency stolen firearms case solved in Mississippi

"A burglary of a residence was committed in Natchez-Adams County, Mississippi. Sheriff's Office Detective Stacy Rollinson discovered a stolen firearm (from said burglary) using LeadsOnline. With this information, Natchez Mississippi Sheriffs Office assisted Vicksburg, Mississippi Sheriff's Office in a search warrant of the suspect's house and found eight more stolen firearms from said burglary in Natchez along with ther items stolen in recent Vicksburg burglaries. LeadsOnline is a VERY VALUABLE TOOL for law enforcement. Thank ya'll very much."

Det. DeLayne Bush
Adams County Sheriff's Office
Mississippi

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
Nevada

Stolen guns recovered in Louisiana via LeadsOnline

"Thanks to LeadsOnline, I was able to solve three different burglaries involving guns that were taken from vehicles. This would not have been as easy to solve if it had not been for LeadsOnline. Thanks again."

Lt. George Webb
Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

LeadsOnline used by investigators in Cleveland County to find stolen guns and electronics

"A burglary was reported to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department where several guns and electronics were stolen. Three days later, the 46 inch Samsung flat screen television that was stolen out of the residence was located at a pawnshop in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Mossberg 410 shotgun had been sold at Money Mart Pawn Shop in Pine Bluff. The suspect also sold a Ruger 10/22, Knight Muzzleloader, and a Marlin 17 caliber rifle. The suspect has been identified and is in custody. Almost all of the property reported stolen has been recovered thanks to LeadsOnline."

Det. Josh Bolland
Cleveland County Sheriff's Department
Arkansas

Pawnshops and law enforcement working together to solve crimes

"For the past 15 years Chavela Simmons, the owner of All-N-One Pawn shop in Kanawha City, has enforced strict guidelines when a customer comes in with something to pawn or sell. We've always done paperwork even if we buy a DVD for 50 cents or a dollar ... it doesn't matter," Simmons said. "We take the person's ID, write it up, and it goes to the city of Charleston." And she's taking another step to help protect her business by signing up for LeadsOnline, a national database that the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department and the Charleston Police Department subscribe to -- to track stolen items. "It can make a huge difference in recovering stolen property and getting people to justice that are doing the break ins," Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said. Signing up for the online program may soon become mandatory for any second-hand shop in the county if the "pawn shop ordinance" passes. Simmons' shop is one of several in the area that are ahead of the game. "I think it's going to be easier at the end of the day," Simmons said. "We do our books and close it out. It's just going to be one click, and everybody will have access to it." All it means for Simmons is swapping out paper for a computer screen. It's a move she hopes will save her shop money and trouble. The ordinance would not only include places like pawn shops and second-hand stores, but also scrapyards to help put a dent in copper theft. Since 2009, Rutherford says almost 100 stolen items have been tracked down in the county because of LeadsOnline. Forty-eight of those items were guns."

Kanawha county Sheriff's Department
West Virginia

West Virginia police recover 67 stolen firearms using LeadsOnline

"We were able to recover approximately 67 firearms valued at approximately $20,000 and jewelry valued at $2,500. These items were taken from one residence and pawned over two months. Based on the information gained from having LeadsOnline we are able to recover most of the firearms and jewelry for the victim in this incident. The monetary amounts mentioned were the total given to the suspects in this case from the pawn shops. If we did not have LeadsOnline we probably would not have been able to recover these items. The victim was extremely happy that we were able to locate his items. We here at the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division are very pleased with LeadsOnline."

Det. D.L. Workman
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia

Houston police officer's stolen Smith & Wesson .357 found in Dallas 37 years later

"Detective Joe Emmett, was checking LeadsOnline and found a stolen Smith and Wesson .357 at a pawnshop. A check found the pistol was stolen in 1973 from a UUMV of a then-Houston Police Officer. Joe did some checking and found the complainant, is now a Lieutenant with the Houston ISD Police Department and is about to retire. He said he would make it up to Dallas with his wife for the property hearing. He was, of course, amazed that the pistol was found this many years later."

Sgt. David Franklin
Dallas Police Department
Texas

Stolen firearms found, Multiple burglaries solved in Alabama using LeadsOnline

"A neighbor spotted a suspicious vehicle at a residence in South Montgomery County, Alabama and notified the Sheriff's Office. The vehicle left the scene, the neighbor followed while keeping the Sheriff's Office apprised of their travels. Long story shortened the burglars were caught and identified. Thanks to LeadsOnline, once we identified the burglars, we checked them through LeadsOnline and identified nearly forty items, mostly firearms, the pair had pawned in a short period of time. From this we were able to solve several burglaries in Montgomery County and recovered quite a bit of property for our victims. We shared our information with neighboring counties and they found the pair had also been active in at least one other county."

Inv. Bill Ballance
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
Alabama

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
Arkansas

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

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

Stolen gun missing for three years, found within one week of accessing LeadsOnline

"Within one week of getting LeadsOnline I recovered a pistol that was reported stolen in our jurisdiction three years ago. I discovered through LeadsOnline that the pistol was pawned at a shop in Knoxville, TN. Thanks LeadsOnline!!"

Inv. Sam Bolden
Kingston Police Department
Tennessee

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
Mississippi

Stolen firearm reported to NCIC and found on LeadsOnline

"Our department recently was granted access to LeadsOnline. I logged on today and saw a hit for a stolen firearm from our agency that was generated four months ago. I was able to confirm the firearm was still stolen and the victim was notified and was very grateful. We have a suspect and a lead for our growing burglary of vehicle crimes here in Kingsville...this is my first hit and I am very proud of it, thanks LeadsOnline and what a great staff."

Det. Tony Gonzales
Kingsville Police Department
Texas

Stolen firearms recovered and felony arrests made in crime against elderly Kentucky woman

"I was contacted by another agency who had requested my help in a stolen jewelry and firearm case. The victim was a recently widowed elderly female who felt that a family member may have been coming into her home over the course of several months and stealing her jewelry and her late husband's firearms. I was able to recover four of the seven stolen firearms and most of the missing jewelry using LeadsOnline. The items not recovered were in fact located using LeadsOnline, however the thefts occurred over a period of about eight months and some of the items had been sold or in the case of the jewelry melted down. The total value of all the items actually recovered was in excess of $45,000 (One ring appraised at $40,000). The victim's relative and her boyfriend were identified as the suspects in this case using LeadsOnline and were ultimately charged with numerous felonies."

Det. Benjamin Shirley
Lexington Police Department
Kentucky

Kentucky police budget includes LeadsOnline

"Our department has been running LeadsOnline and has recovered stolen items. Our oldest recovered items include two handguns with one stolen in 1993 and the other in 2001. This is an amazing system and we will be budgeting for it for years to come."

Det. Dennis Briscoe
Winchester Police Department
Kentucky

Kentucky State police find stolen firearms using LeadsOnline

"While investigating a theft of two firearms, I checked LeadsOnline to see if they've shown up at any local pawn shops. Upon searching LeadsOnline, I found both firearms at the same store, pawned by our lead suspect in the investigation. Both stolen guns were picked up and returned to their rightful owner."

Trooper Eric Bowman
Kentucky State Police Post 6
Kentucky

Police arrest Tulsa burglary suspect using LeadsOnline; stolen gun found in Oregon

"I had received information that a felon was currently living in Medford, Oregon and was in possession of a stolen handgun taken out of burglary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I ran the suspect's name through LeadsOnline and got a hit. The suspect had sold/pawned three stolen digital cameras at a pawn shop in Tulsa prior to coming out to Oregon. The cameras were taken out of the same burglary as the firearm. When I questioned the suspect about pawning any of the stolen property he initially denied it. I was able to show him the LeadsOnline hit and he eventually admitted to his involvement. The property was recovered by the victim. This stolen property would have never been located using our old "hand search" method. LeadsOnline not only allowed us to check local pawn shops, but other locations outside of our jurisdiction."

Det. Justin Ivens
Medford Police Department
Oregon

This arrest was a long time comin'

"In 1987, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office took a burglary report in Chauvin, La. There were numerous shotguns and rifles stolen. Although a few weapons were recovered, the remaining firearms were logged away for several years. Thanks to Leadsonline, another firearm has been recovered. The victim is grateful and surprised that after all these years the gun has been recovered. Thanks to Leadsonline the firearm was recovered in Houston, Texas in 2012!"

Lt. Donald Tomlin
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

Convicted felon charged with possession of firearm

"While investigating an unrelated theft complaint in my city, I came across a transaction in which the subject sold a revolver to a local shop. The subject caught my attention because I know he is a felon and cannot possess a firearm. While at the pawn shop, I requested the video as well as the contract in which the subject signed that he is the owner of the revolver which he brought himself to the pawn shop. The subject has now settled on this case and has been charged with the crime, awaiting sentencing. Thank you for this wonderful resource."

Det. Joe Benoit
Omro Police Department
Wisconsin

Firearm recovered 29 years after burglary

"Detective Whittington was informed through a LeadsOnline hit that a Ruger .44 Maginum pistol stolen in a home burglary in 1982 may have been located at a local pawn shop. Detective Whittington contacted the shop owner who said that the firearm was at the store and he would place a hold on it if it was identified by the owner. Contact was then made with the original owner who had the firearm stolen in the burglary. He was able to provide the serial number from paperwork he had kept. The shop provided Detective Whittington with the name of who pawned the firearm. Detective Whittington was able to contact him. He was informed of the situation and advised detectives that he purchased the firearm two years ago from another local pawn shop. Thanks to this information, the owner was able to pay and get the firearm back."

Lt. William Grimes
Lawton Police Department
Oklahoma

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
Kentucky

One hit clears 21 cases

"The West Carroll Sheriff's Department entered several stolen guns in the LeadsOnline stolen items watch list, and as a result, we received a hit confirming that an individual had pawned five stolen firearms in a pawn shop in Morehouse Parish. That information allowed us to clear 21 burglaries that had occurred in our Parish over a three month period. Thank you very much LeadsOnline for a tremendous resource and a great tool to help in our fight against crime."

Chf. Dep. Kenneth Green
West Carroll Sheriff's Department
Louisiana

Convicted felon apprehended on two counts

"I received an e-mail from LeadsOnline about a listed person of interest. I looked into the matter and discovered the person had sold a firearm to a local pawn store. The person of interest was a convicted felon and had no reason or legal authority to be in possession of the firearm. A hold was placed on the firearm. The person of interest was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, a second degree felony in Florida and also charged with providing fraudulent information to a pawn broker (He was selling the gun for a friend who had no ID). This is a third degree felony as the value was under $300. LeadsOnline helped us secure a convicted felon in the county jail and hopefully prison. By the way, the person of interest was also one of our copper thieves. This was a win-win scenario as it allowed us to get one of many copper thieves off the streets. Thanks LeadsOnline!"

Sgt. Donald Howe
Crestview Police Department
Florida

Stolen shotgun located and returned to owner

"A Beretta 12-gauge shotgun was taken in a burglary of a building over a month ago. The firearm was located through LeadsOnline at a shop in Dallas. We returned the firearm to the owner, and a felony case against the identified burglar was filed."

Det. Jalena Page
Rockwall Police Department
Texas

Returning stolen guns to rightful owners

"I was able to recover two firearms while working second shift on a slow night. I went through approximetly 200 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 ga. 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 wepon returned. LeadsOnline is a "mag" tool for LE. Many "props" to you guys!"

Mr. Dep. Kelly Carroll Lovelace
York County Sheriff's Office
Det. - CID Property Crimes Division
South Carolina

Helping solve a case in just a few hours

"I was assigned a case in reference to several firearms and electronics stolen from a residence in Charleston, WV. The victim stated that he was unsure of who may have taken the items and had no suspect information. I was able to obtain intelligence from other family members that his son-in-law was having financial problems and has been recently pawning items. At this point, I entered the son-in-law's name into LeadsOnline and immedaiately located all of the stolen items. In addition, this allowed me to later interview the suspect and acheive a confession. Furthermore, thanks to LeadsOnline, I was able to solve my case within hours of being assigned."

Det. Jamey Noland
Charleston Police Department
Criminal Investigation Division
West Virginia

Catching felons pawning firearms

"We want to recognize our CID Assistant Shannon Hill for all his hard work and expertise helping us track and recover stolen property through LeadsOnline.

Shannon checks LeadsOnline on a daily basis and catches stolen items or felons pawning firearms. In fact, in 2010 Shannon has located 8 felons pawning a firearm. His work with LeadsOnline has caught numerous stolen guns and other property which has been related to Robbery, Burglary, and other investigations.

Shannon / LeadsOnline work has helped investigators recover several pieces of stolen property and led to several arrests. We want to thank Shannon for all his hard work and also thank LeadsOnline for making our job easier."

Det. Travis Lee
Fayetteville Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division

Stolen guns found after being pawned in another state

"I worked a burglary where several guns were stolen. Upon checking LeadsOnline, I found three of the stolen guns in Memphis. The firearms were recovered, one arrest was made, and two other people are wanted for the burglary. If it had not been for LeadsOnline, the victim would not have his guns back and his insurance did not pay for the guns. Again, thanks LeadsOnline for helping me do my job and helping the victims get their stolen items back."

Gary Etter
Craighead County Sheriff's Office
Arkansas

Employing new ways to recover property

"In August 2004, I investigated a felon in possession of a firearm case. I had received information that the suspect was currently living in Medford, Oregon and was in possession of a stolen handgun taken out of burglary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I ran the suspect's name through LEADS and got a hit. The suspect had sold/pawned three digital cameras at a pawn shop in Tulsa prior to coming out to Oregon. The cameras were taken out of the same burglary as the firearm. When I questioned the suspect about pawning any of the stolen property he initially denied it. I was able to show him the LEADS hit and he eventually admitted to his involvement and the property was recovered by the victim.

This stolen property would have never been located using our old "hand search" method. LEADS not only allowed us to check local businesses, but other locations outside of our jurisdiction."

Det. Justin Ivens
Medford Police Department
Oregon

A music bandit is now singing the jailhouse blues

"The implementation of LeadsOnline has led to the recovery of five antique, collector's guitars, and a shotgun that was stolen from a widow that remained as keepsakes for her late husband. An elderly gentleman, who had a great love for music, had passed away at an old age leaving his instruments as memories for his wife. The 80 year old woman had all of his antique guitars placed in his music room within the home so that she would have a daily reminder of her late husband. One day, she walked into the music room and found his guitars had been taken from the home. After the report was filed, the guitars were located using LeadsOnline. They were all recovered, along with the shotgun, which she had not known was previously missing. Locating the instruments led to the arrest of a family member. Thanks LeadsOnline!"

Lt. Donald Tomlin
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office
Louisiana

Stolen in Virginia, sold in North Carolina – there's no hiding with LeadsOnline

"We had been online for just a couple of days and matched an NCIC hit to a gun that was stolen in our jurisdiction and then sold in North Carolina. An arrest has been made in the case."

Camellia Vail
Augusta County Sheriff's Office
Virginia

A break in a cold case of missing guns and a motorcycle

"On Aug. 18, 2011, a victim of a breaking and entering reported that several guns and a motorcycle were taken from his storage facility. On Aug. 30, 2011, I located via LeadsOnline, a matching description of one of the guns taken. Looking further into the LeadsOnline report, the model, serial, and incident all matched resulting in a break in a case that would have otherwise been cold. This case would not have been solved without LeadsOnline. Thank you!"

Det. J.D. Koerber
Charleston Police Department
West Virginia



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