When my team of crime scene investigators is working a case, we need to rely on a number of sources to provide us information that will lead to the capture of our fugitive. In many cases we are working with suspects who are working alone and do not have family or friends helping to keep them on the run. When we have little to go on, then we really have to increase our efforts on using past experiences to bring these suspects into custody.
We had a really troubling case we were working on because the suspect was committing crimes in our city but would blend right into the population with nothing as far as leads. We caught the suspect on a number of surveillance cameras, but his face was hidden and he was gone in seconds after committing those crimes. The only thing that we had going for us at this point was that we knew he was going to strike again this month.
With zero leads, we moved our efforts to the local jail, and began questioning inmates. While they didn’t talk to us directly, we must have hit a nerve because officers began picking up chatter on the inmate call monitoring system about our suspect. Securus Technologies recently put the new call system in that prison and have a history of incredible work with law enforcement. The company has one objective, making the world safe to live for all, and we were about to get a real glimpse into the workings of their system.
It appeared our visit upset one inmate who called his family to warn them that law enforcement might be coming to the house and to hide anything related to our suspect. That lead was the key to connecting the dots in this case and getting this suspect into custody quickly.