I am part of a fugitive task force who was assigned to a case where a local suspect was breaking into homes, holding the families hostage, taking all these valuables, beating them and severely injuring them, and repeating the robberies week to week. The suspect would not only make it obvious it was him, he would often leave calling-cards taunting the authorities to try and catch him. Knowing he could strike any home in our community, my superiors told us to put this case to bed yesterday.
With a recent home invasion committed a day ago, we knew we had less than a week before he would strike again. Our leads had dried up, no family, no friends, no acquaintances were willing to offer up any information on our suspect. I decided I was going to take a trip to the local jail to see if any inmates were willing to cut a deal to help us locate this fugitive. Knowing how inmates hate the police and they hat rats even more, I knew this was going to be a real challenge.
At the prison I discovered that Securus Technologies just installed a new inmate phone-call monitoring system. While the corrections officers had a need for the system to control contraband in the jail, I thought it might be helpful gathering information on my case. The system can do the work of several officers, so we added my suspect to the LBS software and waited for an alert.
Hours later we discovered a link between our suspect and a recent inmate who was buying the stolen goods at a fraction of their value and selling elsewhere. When we decided to trace that suspect, within days the two of them met up for an exchange, and we were able to bring both into custody for new criminal charges.