New Database Helps Law Enforcement Track Stolen Items
With a new database called, LeadsOline, area law enforcement agencies now have access to thousands of transactions from secondhand stores and pawn shops nationwide. The tool will help the sheriff’s departments and other agencies more easily find stolen goods and the thieves that took them. After testing the program out in Mitchell County for thirty days before purchasing the service, the Sherriff’s Department was able to close three separate cases in a month’s time proving that the system works. The program forms a database with neighboring counties as well as nationwide to track stolen items such as firearms, metal thefts and even pharmacy purchased prescription drugs. Secondhand merchants are required by law to report their transactions to local law enforcement agencies and merchants who choose to use the system can check out the items that they wish to purchase and see if any red flags pop up on the merchandise before they buy them.