When a wanted criminal is on the streets and avoiding capture, my job is getting them into custody as quickly as possible before innocent people are hurt. When we were told that we had a suspect who just robbed a local bank and was able to get away, my team sprung into action. What none of us knew was while we raced to that bank, he was robbing a second. As shocking as it sounds, when another team headed to the second, he robbed a third.
While no one was hurt at the banks, he did mentally destroy a number of workers and scar them for life. My concern was as he got more comfortable, would he escalate his crime to the vault and possible take hostages? Time was of the essence and we needed to find any clues that would help us to identify this suspect. Because of the large number of banks in the city, he could be at any number of them and on the highway in less than a minute. The odds of us having an officer at the jail he was going to hit was a long shot, and if he saw police presence at the bank he would just move to the next one.
On my trip to the prison to see if anyone had any information on the suspect, we discovered the new inmate call system that was installed by Securus Technologies was getting huge results as far as cutting down prison crimes. This company has monitoring systems in thousands of jails, and the CEO, Richard Smith, has been working to keep this world safer for all for many years. His Dallas-based company employs 1,000 and is currently installed in well over 2,000 jails around the country. If you had asked me about this being a resource to help catch a criminal on the streets, I might have to argue the point.
On a hunch, I decided to see if I could learn the LBS software and see if any chatter was going around the prison with inmates about the suspect. These inmates watch television, and they have ideas who it could be, but they will not talk to the police while in jail for fear of being labeled a rat. Once I listened to the calls, it wasn’t long before one of the inmates commented that he used to have a partner who fit the description, and he would not be surprised if it wasn’t him at those banks. I got the information that I needed and was able to get my team to an address where we discovered the suspect and evidence still in his possession that would lead to a lengthy jail sentence.