New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN)
Located in Franklin, Massachusetts
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Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as Canada

NESPIN 2016 State Impact Sheets

 

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Connecticut Massachusetts Maine
New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont

 

What Law Enforcement is Saying About NESPIN

 

“This information was critical in the development of the case. The investigative resources that NESPIN provides to our narcotics unit are second to none.”

—Detective Scott Lundegren
Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Police Department

“NESPIN and the RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) database helped us solve not only this case but three other reported property crimes in town, all within just a few weeks of each other.”

—Detective Michael Cygan
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department

“RISSProp is a phenomenal tool for law enforcement officers and will no doubt assist our agency in solving more larceny-related crimes.”

—Detective Michael L’Heureux
Bedford, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The owners could not stop thanking us for locating their computer. When notified that we had it, they drove directly from Syracuse, which is four hours away, to pick it up the same day.”

—Sergeant Arthur D’Ambrosia
Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department

“NESPIN played a big role in assisting us with identifying a suspect and closing this case with 19 solved burglaries.”

—Detective Tim May
Simsbury, Massachusetts, Police Department

“If not for RISSProp, we may have not solved this case and recovered our victim’s belongings, since the pawnshop that bought the stolen items is not one that is typically used by individuals in our area.”

—Detective Chris Sweeney
Maynard, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is awesome, and without it, I do not think I would have solved this case as fast as I did.”

—Detective Michael Perrone
Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Thank you for the training and the access to the RISSProp resource.”

—Detective David Mahoney
Seekonk, Massachusetts, Police Department

“NESPIN provided us with a variety of graphs and charts that mapped out the suspect’s movements prior to, during, and after the shooting. The documentation was extremely well-written and will be very useful for prosecution.”

—Officer Fairbrother
Wallingford, Connecticut, Police Department

“RISSProp assisted in locating and recovering two stolen computers and locating the suspects. RISSProp was instrumental in a successful closure of this case.”

—Detective David Blezard
Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department

“I had no current information for the suspect, including a valid operator’s license or updated place of employment. The only information I had was that the suspect was possibly living in the Fall River, Massachusetts, area. The information that the NESPIN intelligence research staff provided helped me to locate the suspect’s cousin in Fall River, who led me to several other family members, eventually leading to the address where my suspect was living. Without that lead, I would have had a very difficult time locating my suspect.”

—Detective Erin Lowney
Connecticut State Police

“We would never have solved this case if not for the matching description of the jewelry in the RISSProp database. After the victims’ home had burned down, at least we were able to recover their stolen jewelry for them. Some of the pieces had belonged to their grandmother and were irreplaceable.”

—Detective Scott Tremblay
Hampden, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Without the NESPIN/RISSProp, these transactions would not have been discovered. RISSProp was instrumental in a successful closure of this case.”

—Detective David Blezard
Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department
“This information assisted in positively identifying the targets. The information provided by the NESPIN intelligence research staff, along with surveillance and controlled purchases, established probable cause for search warrants. Upon simultaneous execution, the three previously identified targets were arrested.”

—Detective Trooper Richard Van Tine
Statewide Narcotics Task Force
Connecticut State Police

“The NESPIN analyst went above and beyond his duties in assisting our department in a recent drug investigation. He provided minute-by-minute updates to my detectives that resulted in the apprehension of two drug dealers. Without his help, this case would not have materialized and these men would not be behind bars at this time.”

—Chief Richard Crate
Enfield, Connecticut, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is a phenomenal tool for investigators. Without access to it, I would not have been able to solve the case as quickly as I did.”

—Detective J. T. Hoar
Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department

“This database (RISSProp) is a great tool for law enforcement.”

—Detective Kevin Rielly
Wareham, Massachusetts, Police Department

“RISSProp is an outstanding tool for Maine law enforcement.”

—Detective Steve Borst
Kennebunkport, Maine, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is incredible and easy to use. I would not have found my victim’s phone as fast as I did if it weren’t for the RISSProp database.”

—Detective Ariel Colazo
Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department

“I commend the NESPIN analyst for assistance with the investigation.”

—Chief Jim Hurley
Leicester, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The search by the NESPIN intelligence research staff was much more complete and detailed than what could have been produced at our agency.”

—Lieutenant Anderson
Chatham, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The stolen ring ended up in Boston, Massachusetts, and I probably would not have been able to find it without the RISSProp database.”

—Detective David Galvin
Weymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The NESPIN surveillance van paid off big for us in this case. It was a great resource.”

—Sergeant Lincoln Ryder
Waterville, Maine, Police Department

“The NESPIN van worked beautifully for us. We were able to conduct our surveillance at close range and collect considerable evidence.”

—Sergeant Peter Mador
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

“I requested information from the NESPIN intelligence research staff, as you [field representative] suggested. They identified the suspect of a previous motor vehicle accident. I never would have had access to anything like that without their help. The NESPIN staff sent me information the same day, which was much better than using the clear search alone. Thanks again for the presentation that day. The information the staff provided really helped.”

—Detective Dave Galvin
Weymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department

“RISSProp worked great for us and allowed us to quickly recover the stolen property.”

—Lieutenant Michael Ward
Paris, Maine, Police Department

“The RISSProp database was instrumental in solving the residential breaks as well as getting drug dealers off our streets.”

—Detective Mike Perrone
Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department

“First, let me say thank you for all of the help that you and [NESPIN staff] provided. Yes, your photos helped. The case resulted in ten arrest warrants for the sale of narcotics, three search warrants, and one consent to search a motel room. We seized 154 grams of raw heroin, 180 bags of heroin, and $943 in U.S. currency at one location and $17,700 in cash and more at the other locations.”

—Intelligence Analyst Kendra Ross
Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force

“The RISSProp database is great and is easy to use. I never would have solved this case if not for RISSProp.”

—Detective Mike Faria
Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department

“I use the RISSProp database several times a day. It is an excellent and very helpful tool for us.”

—Detective Robert Perkins
Biddeford, Maine, Police Department

“It is safe to say, without the Property Recovery tab–or as I refer to it, pawnshop database–neither case would have been solved nor property recovered in such a timely manner.”

—Detective Brett Kimball
Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department

“I never would have solved this case without the help of the RISSProp database. The victim in this case was so happy to get her belongings back!”

—Detective Brett Kimball
Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department

“I would like to thank NESPIN for the great tool, RISSProp, that we can utilize to help assist with our investigations.”

—Detective Jerald Bettencourt
Fairhaven, Massachusetts Police Department

“The RISSProp pawnshop database made it possible for this case to be successfully resolved. Without access to pawnshop records, we never would have solved this case. Thank you, NESPIN.”

—Detective Jon Gibson
Revere, Massachusetts Police Department

“Although a criminal prosecution was declined, having a convicted drug trafficker deported after living in the United States for 10-plus years using a stolen Puerto Rican ID is still a win in my book. This case was resolved because of the information provided by the NESPIN intelligence unit.”

—Special Agent Brian Sullivan
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

“Fairhaven police officers continue to solve many breaking and enterings and larcenies as a result of this great tool, RISSProp.”

—Detective Scott Gordon
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Thank you again for providing the detectives and investigators with another tool (RISSProp) to assist in our investigations.”

—Detective Jerald Bettencourt
Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The victim immediately identified the jewelry items as hers and pointed out a necklace that her husband had given her on their wedding day. She began to cry as she realized that her deceased parents’ wedding rings had been found, since they were irreplaceable and were of great sentimental value to her. This would not have happened without the use of RISSProp.”

—Detective Evan Genkos
Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The arrest warrants for the burglary case were signed. The State’s Attorney was impressed with the case, and your analysis of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and phone logs were a big part of that. Thank you again for your awesome work on this case.”

—Detective Kari Glaude
Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department

“Without NESPIN, I would have been chasing down a bogus suspect for days. Thank you for helping to quickly solve the case.”

—Detective Jeremy Fontes
Acushnet, Massachusetts, Police Department

“A confession was obtained and the suspect has been charged. We are awaiting court proceedings. NESPIN’s services were of great value in obtaining a confession.”

—Detective Amy Nickerson
Brewer, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is such an important tool for loss prevention personnel. Thank you, NESPIN, for being a great partner!”

—Mr. Aaron McAloon, Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Manager
New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA)

“The RISSProp entry solved this case for us and gave us leverage to entice the suspect to turn over the rest of the stolen property.”

—Sergeant Scott Lawrence
Ware, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is a phenomenal tool for loss prevention and ORC personnel. We would not have been able to solve this case without the use of RISSProp.”

—Mr. Aaron McAloon, ORC Manager
NEORCA

NESPIN 2017 Success Stories

 

Analytical Services

Obscene Phone Calls: The Bristol, Rhode Island, Police Department (BPD) investigated a complex case of prank and obscene phone calls during 2013 to 2016. In 2015 and 2016, the same phone number made numerous bomb threats to the Bristol Fourth of July celebration. After executing a number of search warrants to cellular phone providers, Bristol police officers were still unable to identify a specific suspect. In September 2016, the Bristol officers requested the use of NESPIN’s analytical services to geolocate and map more than 4,000 phone calls by the target phone number. The NESPIN analytical staff provided key information that led the BPD to a specific area of the country and, ultimately, to the hometown of the suspect. The NESPIN staff also provided crucial reports that broke down the number of calls that each specific victim received, which also led to the identification of other victims. The NESPIN staff attended a meeting at the BPD that involved several victims and persons related to the investigation and provided technical knowledge about the cellular phone and network. The meeting produced a possible suspect’s name, and the NESPIN staff linked the suspect to the location of the calls, which showed a travel history to Bristol. NESPIN’s assistance in the case provided crucial information that led to the identification of a suspect, who, based on past travel patterns and current real-time travel information, was ultimately located in Bristol and arrested in December 2016.

Narcotics/Attempted Murder: The Wallingford, Connecticut, Police Department was investigating a case in which the victim was shot in the stomach during a drug deal. Using the suspect’s phone number and text-messaging records, the NESPIN analytical staff provided subscriber information and the last known address for the suspect, which led to the suspect’s arrest. The NESPIN analyst provided a variety of graphs and charts that mapped the suspect’s movements prior to, during, and after the shooting. The documentation was well-written and will be very useful for prosecution.

Narcotics: The Canaan, New Hampshire, Police Department, working in conjunction with the Lebanon,
New Hampshire, Police Department and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, contacted NESPIN to request emergency assistance with tracking and mapping real-time cell phone pings for a narcotics investigation. The NESPIN analytical staff tracked and mapped the location of the suspects for approximately six hours, and the suspects were subsequently arrested after a traffic stop in Lebanon. A search of the vehicle produced approximately 275 bags of heroin, crack cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia. The suspects were charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The investigation was part of New Hampshire’s statewide “Operation Granite Hammer,” which aims to reduce opioid drugs coming into New Hampshire.

Narcotics: The Enfield, New Hampshire, Police Department (EPD) was investigating a suspected drug dealer in its area. NESPIN was contacted to assist with analyzing call detail records (CDRs) and numerous text messages. The initial analysis by the NESPIN analytical staff revealed a significant amount of probable drug activity by the suspect. The staff also searched public databases and social media tools to identify numerous individuals to whom the suspected drug dealer was likely selling. Once the EPD processed the report provided by the NESPIN staff, it asked for assistance during an active ping of the suspect’s phone. Using NESPIN mapping tools and analytical expertise, the NESPIN staff followed the suspect phone’s movement to and from the suspected supplier’s location, leading to the suspected drug dealer’s arrest upon his return to Enfield. The Enfield Chief of Police personally thanked NESPIN, stating, “The [NESPIN analyst] went above and beyond his duties in assisting our department in a recent drug investigation. He provided minute-by-minute updates to my detectives that resulted in the apprehension of two drug dealers. Without his help, this case would not have materialized and these men would not be behind bars at this time.”

Armed Home Invasion: In 2014, the NESPIN analytical staff was contacted by the Leicester, Massachusetts, Police Department (LPD) to assist with analyzing telephone records pertaining to suspects involved in an armed home invasion that had occurred in Leicester. After some initial work by the NESPIN staff, the case was temporarily closed until additional information could be obtained. In January 2016, the LPD contacted the NESPIN staff for further assistance with this case. Additional analyses of phone records were completed, and the case was readied for trial. The NESPIN analyst was one of the witnesses giving testimony at the trial. The jury subsequently found the two codefendants guilty of home invasion. One defendant was sentenced to not less than 10 and no more than 12 years in prison, to be followed by five years of probation. The other defendant was sentenced to not less than 20 and no more than 22 years in prison, which will begin after the end of a 20-year sentence that he is currently serving for a separate home invasion. The Worcester County, Massachusetts, District Attorney wrote, “I commend [analyst] of NESPIN for the investigation.”

Robbery: The Stoughton, Massachusetts, Police Department investigated a robbery and the discharge of a firearm at a gas station. Cell phone records were obtained for the suspect, and an analysis of the records and geolocation activity was requested from the NESPIN analytical staff. The work of the NESPIN staff was vital in placing the suspect at the time and location of the robbery scene, disproving the suspect’s story. An indictment was obtained in Norfolk, Massachusetts, Superior Court, and the suspect subsequently pled guilty and was sentenced to 4 to 5 years in state prison.

Larceny/Forgery: A detective with the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad contacted the NESPIN analytical staff to request assistance with a larceny/forgery investigation in which the victim was a 50-year-old developmentally challenged individual. Two female caretakers were suspected of falsifying records for providing care to the victim and also making fraudulent purchases using the victim’s debit card. The NESPIN staff analyzed several sources of records, including employment, telephone, and banking, to form an analysis that demonstrated the suspects’ movements and locations and indicated that the suspects were indeed physically separated from the victim during time that they should have been present and caring for the victim. Further investigation produced evidence of a possible motive for the larceny. The detective stated, “NESPIN has repeatedly provided excellent services with timely results which are not readily available in our agency. Without the resources provided by NESPIN, many of our investigations would have suffered.”

Digital Forensics Services

Larceny/Wire Fraud: The Grafton, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to analyze cell phones, memory cards, and compact discs (CDs). The suspect had been operating a scheme of renting construction equipment and then selling it on an online website for a profit. Several Massachusetts police departments, including Uxbridge, Medway, Mendon, Norfolk, Wrentham, Foxboro, and New Bedford, were investigating the suspect, who was believed to be responsible for the theft of more than $100,000 in construction equipment across the state. The four-month, multijurisdictional investigation concluded with the suspect’s arrest in New Bedford. The NESPIN staff received five cell phones, seven memory cards, and five CDs to analyze. The NESPIN staff provided the detective with eight digital video discs with possible evidentiary significance regarding the crime of larceny. The suspect was held without bail for 29 other charges from 19 warrants across the state.

Videotaping/Wiretapping: The Blackstone, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to request the analysis of three cell phones, one computer tablet, miscellaneous thumb drives, an SD card, and a SIM card. Two tenants alleged that their roommate had been videotaping them in various states of nudity using a hidden video recording device. All of the devices were successfully extracted. The detective stated, “The subject was charged with unlawful secret recording. Information provided by NESPIN services established probable cause for wiretapping. Charges were later added.”

Assault and Battery/Witness Intimidation: The Blackstone, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to analyze a suspect’s cell phone. The suspect had used a cell phone to harass, threaten, and intimidate his victim. The cell phone was analyzed, and 368 messages and 228 calls to the victim were discovered. This information was provided to the detective, who stated, “The information received from forensics bolstered the evidence for the prosecution of the offender for threats, intimidation, and assault.”

Narcotics: The Sudbury, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to request the analysis of two cell phones to identify any criminal conspirators after a suspect was arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. A logical and file system extraction was processed on the phones. The analysis included items with possible evidentiary significance. The suspect had 19 small bags of heroin, $3,736.50 in currency, and two cell phones. He was held on $5,000 bail and charged with possession of Class A with intent to distribute.

Arson: The Raymond, New Hampshire, Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to request analysis on cell phones, a laptop, a computer tablet, and a thumb drive. A suspect had set fires in three towns and sent threatening messages to multiple people using an anonymous site to disguise where the texts came from. Three dogs were killed at one of the homes that had been set on fire. NESPIN received multiple devices to examine for the alleged criminal activity. Forensic analysis uncovered data of an evidentiary value in support of the allegations. Several chat dialogues from the time frame of the reported incidents were found on the personal computer belonging to the suspect. Two NESPIN staff testified at a trial that lasted more than three weeks. The suspect received guilty verdicts in 13 felonies and 15 misdemeanors and was convicted of all arson-related offenses. The Assistant Rockingham County Attorney stated in a letter to NESPIN staff, “I am quite certain that a big part of these convictions were your analysis of the electronics and all of the information you were able to locate, as well as the testimony you so ably provided.” A sentencing date was set.

Upskirting: The Holyoke, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized the NESPIN digital forensics staff to analyze a cell phone believed to have been used by the suspect to take pictures underneath a woman’s skirt. The store’s security staff observed that the suspect was too close to a consumer on one of the security cameras. The suspect was identified, and a warrant was obtained for his cell phone. The cell phone was brought to NESPIN, and the microSD memory card was successfully extracted. There were 209 videos on the card, five of which were taken on the day of the incident, which showed possible evidence of upskirting. The officer stated, “The work that your staff did absolutely helped in establishing better probable cause to apply to the case. Your analysts were great, helpful as always, very professional, technically proficient, and provided timely support. Your team presented an investigative tool that we really needed, and it helped to make our case. Please extend our thanks, and the best compliment I can add is that we will be back for assistance on more cases!”

Operating Under the Influence (OUI): The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department submitted a cell phone to the NESPIN digital forensics staff for examination. The cell phone belonged to the operator of a vehicle that had been involved in a serious-injury OUI crash. The examination revealed that the operator was not using the phone at the time of the crash.

Equipment Services

Drug Trafficking: The Sanford, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN surveillance van to conduct intelligence-gathering surveillance of several suspected drug dealers in town. Future arrests are expected.

Narcotics: Detectives with the Sanford, Maine, Police Department and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of multiple drug trafficking suspects in the Sanford area. Information obtained is being used to justify arrest warrants for three suspects. Arrests are currently pending.

Narcotics: Agents with the Maine DEA utilized a NESPIN van to conduct lengthy surveillance on a suspected drug sale house in a southern Maine city. The surveillance resulted in the identification of ten individuals engaged in heroin sales. Warrants and arrests are currently pending.

Narcotics: The Ludlow, Massachusetts, Police Department requested a NESPIN cellular utility pole camera to use for surveillance of drug activity in a rural area. After several weeks of recorded narcotic activity, Ludlow police officers had probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant. The search warrant was executed, and police officers seized approximately 125 grams of cocaine, valued at $5,000. The target was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine (100 grams to 200 grams), among other charges. Sentencing may include an eight-year minimum mandatory sentence in state prison. The camera was extremely valuable in this investigation.

Narcotics: The Ludlow, Massachusetts, Police Department initiated a narcotics investigation, centered on a certain subject, using a NESPIN pole camera. As a result of the evidence gained through this investigation, a search warrant was granted for the suspect’s home. The search resulted in the seizure of 200 grams of cocaine, valued at $5,000. In addition, the suspect was found in possession of several other classes of illegal substances. The suspect was charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of Class B, C, and E drugs. A further warrant was granted for the suspect’s cell phone, which resulted in charges of possession of child pornography, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child in nude, lascivious pose/exhibit. Subsequently, the subject was indicted on all charges by a grand jury. The NESPIN pole camera was instrumental in gaining the probable cause required for both search warrants in this investigation.

Narcotics: Investigators with the Waterville, Maine, Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency utilized a NESPIN surveillance van to watch suspected drug trafficking activity in Waterville. Observations obtained were used to secure arrest warrants for two subjects, who were charged with multiple counts of aggravated trafficking.

Narcotics: Investigators with the Waterville, Maine, Police Department were conducting surveillance of a suspected narcotics dealer in Waterville. Because of observations obtained, arrest warrants were secured and the suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking of Schedule A and B narcotics.

Narcotics: Investigators with the Waterville, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN surveillance van to watch a suspected drug dealer in Waterville. Observations were made and photos were taken. The evidence will be used to secure warrants as the investigation continues; arrests are pending.

Prostitution: The Waterford, Connecticut, Police Department borrowed NESPIN surveillance equipment to aid in investigating a prostitution sting. The equipment was used to monitor undercover officers who were meeting with women. This investigation resulted in the arrest of one suspect who was utilizing an online website to post advertisements. The case also investigated several Asian women who were utilizing the same telephone number as the arrested individual, which is believed to be part of human trafficking through the casinos. This investigation is still ongoing by several agencies in the area.

Disorderly Conduct Deterrent: The Worcester, Massachusetts, State University Police requested NESPIN equipment for a biannual event relating to the Black Lives Matter Movement. There were concerns that there might be episodes of violence and/or disorderly conduct at this “Third World Alliance” event. A NESPIN surveillance van and several cameras were used in an effort to identify suspects, should crimes occur. A camera and tripod system were also deployed openly to show the public that surveillance cameras were being used and to deter criminal activity. The event was successful, and no violence or disorderly conduct was reported. In this particular event, the use of NESPIN equipment was used to deter criminal activity. Although no arrests were made, this was a successful deployment, since it helped to ensure the safety of the public.

Civil Rights Violations: The Lexington, Massachusetts, Police Department requested assistance with a case involving possible civil rights violations. The case involved a person who was throwing banana peels on the driveway of a house in a residential neighborhood. This had been occurring for more than a year, and the victim believed that the suspect was racially abusing his family because they are black. The events were occurring in the nighttime (or very early morning) hours. A NESPIN camera kit was designed to be deployed in the living room of the victim’s home, facing out a window at the driveway. In addition, game cameras were covertly deployed at street level. The suspect was captured on video on several occasions, throwing the items on the driveway while walking by the residence very early in the morning. The images were used as probable cause to arrest the suspect. The suspect was charged with three civil rights violations and one charge of harassment. Upon further investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence, in which 83 firearms and more than 61,000 rounds of ammunition were confiscated. The suspect is awaiting trial.

Thefts: The Acton, Massachusetts, Police Department requested NESPIN video surveillance equipment to assist in the investigation of thefts from a nursing home. A clock radio camera/digital video recorder (DVR) was loaned to the agency. The camera captured the suspect in the act of larceny. The suspect was arrested and, during interrogation, admitted to being involved in several other thefts. The suspect was charged.

Vandalism: The Northborough, Massachusetts, Police Department requested NESPIN equipment (two trail cameras) to assist in the identification of vandalism suspects. Over a three-day period, vandalism had been occurring at an elementary school in Northborough. Trail cameras were set up around the property, which captured an individual on the roof of the school after school hours. Although this individual was not responsible for the vandalism, the individual had information that led officers to the three suspects who were ultimately responsible. Charges were filed in juvenile court.

Armed Robbery: While Waterville, Maine, Police Department officers were using a NESPIN van for narcotics surveillance, the city experienced an armed robbery, and the van was pulled off to surveil the robbery suspect’s home. This surveillance enabled the officers to gain usable intelligence that led to a felony stop of the suspect’s vehicle. At that point, two suspects were arrested and information was used to obtain a search warrant of the third suspect’s residence in another city. That third arrest was made, and considerable evidence was recovered, including the firearm used in the robbery and a stolen vehicle from New Hampshire.

Surveillance: The Wayland, Massachusetts, Police Department (WPD) contacted NESPIN to request a radio frequency detector. The equipment was used to investigate the report of illegal surveillance of a domestic violence victim. A woman was concerned that her ex-boyfriend had placed illegal audio and/or video surveillance equipment in her apartment. Officers with the WPD were able to determine that no such devices were present in the victim’s apartment. While no criminal charges were filed, the equipment loan resulted in a positive outcome. The victim is no longer living in a stressful environment and now has peace of mind.

Traffic Safety: The Bristol, Rhode Island, Police Department contacted NESPIN to request two pole cameras, which were used to monitor crowd activity at the large Bristol 4th of July parade. During the parade, a woman was struck and dragged by a parade float trailer. The event was captured on camera and will be used to investigate the unfortunate incident. The video will help identify traffic safety and/or violations that may have been present during the parade.

Intelligence Research Services

Property Information: The Deputy State Fire Marshal for Rhode Island contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to obtain information on the owner of a property in which a civilian injury had resulted from a fire in his building. Even though the Fire Marshal believed the fire to be accidental, he needed the information for his report because of the injury, and the building owner was not forthcoming. The NESPIN staff provided the date of birth and the address of the president of the LLC that owned the building. The Fire Marshal later stated that he realized the owner had had code violations at his rental properties in the past. Receiving the information enabled the Fire Marshal to finish his report.

Missing Persons: A detective with the Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request information on a missing person/runaway. The NESPIN staff provided a cell phone number and other personal information, which led him to a known individual with whom the missing person was staying. Unfortunately, the person had left prior to the officer’s arrival.

Suspect Locate: A detective with the Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request information on a target/supplier involved in a narcotics delivery. With only a first name and a possible residential address, the NESPIN staff provided a complete workup on the suspect, his live-in girlfriend, and other persons living at the target location and a history of occupancy of the apartment. The detective stated, “This information was critical in the development of the case. The investigative resources that NESPIN provides to our narcotics unit are second to none.”

Witness Locate: A deputy sheriff with the Essex County, Vermont, Sheriff’s Office contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff in an effort to locate a witness in a sexual assault case. The information that he had on the victim was from 2007, but he thought she may have moved to Florida. He also asked for information on the victim’s mother. The NESPIN staff provided current address information on the victim’s mother and several phone numbers. The deputy sheriff stated, “A few weeks ago you did some public database searches for me on a witness. All of the contact information was stale and failed to help me find her. I decided to ask for a search on a name that appeared to be the witness’s mother, which you provided. The report showed the mother had recently moved to Connecticut from Maine, which was consistent with the information I received from the law enforcement agencies in Maine, so I decided to call the first phone number on this list provided by her [NESPIN staff]. It did work, but no one answered. I tried two more and the third one was answered by my witness’s mother. The mother provided me current contact information about her daughter and, more important, information that the daughter had information about my case. The mother asked whether the crime I was investigating was about her daughter’s ex-husband and if it was about allegations of sexual abuse against his daughter. She confirmed that these allegations were true. I am writing this as I await a call back from her. I would not have been able to locate this witness were it not for the help you provided with the public database searches.”

Defendant Location: An investigator with the Hillsborough, New Hampshire, County Attorney’s Office contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request a location on an attorney, who had been disbarred and accused of stealing from the trust fund of a disabled client. The information that NESPIN provided from a public database search on the attorney’s name and identifiers assisted the investigator in locating the defendant out of state.

Narcotics: A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance with a drug case. The NESPIN staff provided information on a particular address. The detective trooper stated, “Two of the names appearing on that list were the parents of the target, confirming that the target of the investigation did live there and the floor on which he lived. Using that information and surveillance, probable cause for a search warrant and an arrest warrant was established. The target, a juvenile and a known gang member, was arrested and charged with four counts of sale of narcotics. Items located in the residence at the time of the search were 10 grams of heroin; 4.1 grams of crack cocaine; one stolen 9mm semiautomatic pistol, with a high-capacity magazine; numerous rounds of ammunition; $296 in cash; and drug packaging materials. As always, thank you for the assistance with our drug cases.”

Narcotics: A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force, contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance in identifying targets. The NESPIN staff provided resident information on two single-family homes located next to each other and on the owners of the cell phones used by the targets in the investigation. The trooper advised, “This information assisted in positively identifying the targets. That information, along with surveillance and controlled purchases, established probable cause for search warrants. Upon simultaneous execution, the three targets previously identified were arrested and the following items were seized: 4.2 grams of crack cocaine, 37.5 grams of heroin, 1,462.9 grams of marijuana, and 61 oxycodone tablets. All narcotics were valued at $79,000, and $2,127 in U.S. currency was seized.”

Narcotics: A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force, contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance with resident information on a particular address, which the NESPIN staff provided. The trooper advised, “A name appearing on the resident list was the girlfriend of the suspect. Using that information, a social media site was located in which the girlfriend displayed photos of the target of the investigation and confirmed that the two resided together. Additional surveillance at the address confirmed it to be the residence of that target. During the subsequent search warrant execution, 93 grams of heroin, valued at $9,300, was located, along with packaging materials, a digital scale, and the stamp and ink pad used to mark the heroin. Both the target and the girlfriend were arrested. A small child living there was referred to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).”

Narcotics: A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force, contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance in identifying a suspect’s residence. The NESPIN staff provided resident information on an address, which was the second floor of a two-family residence. The suspect, previously unknown, was confirmed to reside on the second floor. Controlled purchases and additional surveillance at the address resulted in the issuance of a search warrant. During the subsequent search warrant execution, 56 grams of heroin, valued at $4,480, was located, along with packaging materials, a digital scale, and 12 hits of Ecstasy. The target, who was on parole, and two other individuals (consumers) were arrested. A small child was taken and turned over to DCF.

Narcotics: An intelligence analyst with the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in a heroin trafficking case. The NESPIN staff was asked to specifically find phone numbers for one subject to determine whether he was a brother of another subject and whether the second subject’s wife/girlfriend could be located. Also requested was information on two addresses associated with the subjects. The NESPIN staff was able to determine that one motor vehicle was registered to the first subject at one of the addresses. The NESPIN staff also provided a third address at which the wife/girlfriend had a registered motor vehicle and determined that the first subject also shared that address. The NESPIN staff also found and requested mugshots from another case in Connecticut to be used by the task force to positively identify their suspect. The third address provided by the NESPIN staff became the target of a search warrant. One of the investigating detective troopers stated, “First, let me say thank you for all of the help that you and [NESPIN staff] provided. Yes, your photos helped. The case resulted in ten arrest warrants, three search warrants, and one consent to search a motel room. We seized 154 grams of raw heroin, 180 bags of heroin, $943 in U.S. currency at one location and $17,700 in cash and more at the other locations.”

Warrant Sweep: An officer on loan to the Connecticut Intelligence Center contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request public database information for a warrant sweep. The NESPIN staff returned information on 146 fugitives in a two-day period. In an e-mail, the Eastern Region Intelligence Liaison Officer provided the following, “The final tally was 23 individuals arrested, with 5 of those additional arrests (which were from the target package) occurring by other law enforcement agencies. This was definitely the best operation yet.”

Impostor: An officer with the Middleboro, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff with a request to obtain information on a suspected impostor using a Puerto Rican victim’s biographical information in Massachusetts. This individual was also being investigated for drug trafficking. The NESPIN staff contacted the Puerto Rico Fusion Center (NSSIC) to obtain a copy of the victim’s Puerto Rico driver’s license. The NESPIN staff also provided a photo comparison of the Puerto Rican victim and the Massachusetts suspect. Based on this information (and because of the training that he had received), the officer arrested the suspect for identity fraud. The suspect was also interviewed by
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and it was determined that he was from the
Dominican Republic. In addition, he is currently being held on four warrants in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The officer recently attended an Identifying Impostors training class at NESPIN and contacted NESPIN, based on what he had learned in the class.

Impostor: An officer with the Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department–District 3 contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with a suspect in a possible identity theft/impostor/forgery case. This officer had attended an Identifying Impostors training class at NESPIN prior to this request and understood the indicators for an impostor. The NESPIN staff contacted the NSSIC and requested a
Puerto Rico driver’s license on the same biographics as the Massachusetts suspect, as well as criminal history and mugshots from prior arrests in Puerto Rico. A photo comparison was prepared and provided to the officer, who determined that the Massachusetts subject was an impostor. The officer applied for an arrest warrant for forgery/counterfeiting and fraud-impersonation.

Identification: An officer with the Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department–District 3 contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with a case of suspected identity theft by an impostor utilizing a Puerto Rican identity. His drug unit encountered the subject during a search warrant, and the officer believed that the person was not who he claimed to be. The NESPIN staff requested a Puerto Rican driver’s license and any booking information on the same individual in Puerto Rico and was provided with the true number holder’s mugshots and biographical information from the U.S. Marshals Service’s prior arrest of the “real” subject, as well as his Puerto Rican driver’s license. The NESPIN staff also provided a photo comparison document to show the impostor and the true number holder side by side. As a result, the officer obtained an arrest warrant for the impostor, who is currently incarcerated. The officer who attended training in identifying impostors at NESPIN) stated, “I have been able to successfully obtain two arrest warrants for persons using stolen identities here in Massachusetts. The NESPIN staff has been an invaluable resource, providing the information essential to making these cases and providing helpful suggestions and feedback along the way. I am writing to offer my thanks and to let you know that the NESPIN staff’s work reflects very well on NESPIN and [her] efforts undoubtedly make the Commonwealth of Massachusetts a safer place to live.”

Homicide: The Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury, Vermont, received a report of a homicide in Arlington, Vermont, in which an elderly woman had been stabbed to death during a burglary of her residence. During the investigation, numerous leads were followed and multiple persons of interest were developed. One such person of interest was looked at as having possible connections to the crime. During a check of the individual’s social media account, several different types of apparent gang-related graffiti were located. One detective, who had access to the RISSGang website, submitted queries. Pursuant to these queries, similar gang-related graffiti were located that matched posts from the individual’s social media site. This information ultimately led to the person being identified as a member of the Bloods gang out of New York. In the end, this individual was determined not to have been responsible for the burglary and homicide. The information obtained through RISSGang was useful, however, in identifying a suspected gang member living within the community and will be used for intelligence purposes.

Motor Vehicle Hit-and-Run: The Connecticut State Police requested assistance from the NESPIN intelligence research staff regarding the make, model, and year of a pedestrian hit-and-run vehicle. Video stills were provided, and the NESPIN analytical manager distributed them to the NESPIN field representatives/law enforcement coordinators. A field representative contacted an investigator with the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau, who worked with the Northeast field office of the National Insurance Crime Bureau to determine that the vehicle in question was a late 1990s Chrysler sedan. The turnaround time to identify this vehicle for the requesting agency was less than 48 hours.

Sexual Assault: A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force, contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance in locating information on a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. The detective stated, “I had no current information for the suspect, including no valid operator’s license or updated place of employment. The only information I had was that the suspect was possibly living in the Fall River, Massachusetts, area. The information that you were able to find helped me to locate the suspect’s cousin in Fall River, who led me to several other family members, eventually leading to the address where my suspect was living. Without that lead, I would have had a very difficult time locating my suspect.”

Lethal Weapon Distribution: A detective with the Weymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with information for a gun distribution investigation. The detective had a phone number and first name only. The NESPIN staff provided subscriber information on the phone number and a name and an address for his possible suspect. The detective stated, “I requested information from the NESPIN intelligence research staff as you [field representative] suggested. They identified the suspect of a previous motor vehicle accident. I never would have had access to anything like that without their help. The NESPIN staff sent me information the same day, which was much better than using the clear search alone. Thanks again for the presentation that day. The information the staff provided really helped.”

Identity Fraud/Furnishing False Name: A sergeant with the Douglas, Massachusetts Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with a subject using a Puerto Rican identification to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license. The sergeant was attached to a regional drug task force and encountered this individual while working drug sales. The NESPIN staff provided a “certified” Puerto Rican driver’s license in the true number holder’s name and identity to be used in court and provided the true number holder’s telephone number. The sergeant contacted the victim of the identity theft and obtained a statement to be used in court. The NESPIN staff was asked to review the arrest warrant information and provide feedback to the officer. The subject of the investigation showed up in court and was arrested and held under a $25,000 bond. ICE also put a detainer on the subject. The sergeant was very appreciative of the assistance.

Deportation Warrant: An ICE agent from Boston contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request a comprehensive report on a target that has a deportation warrant and was suspected of being a terrorist. The ICE agent had recently used the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) resource to obtain information on his target and received negative results on his initial request. The agent then contacted NESPIN with the same request for information. Within a half hour of his call, the NESPIN staff contacted the agent with critical and important information. The NESPIN analyst conveyed to the agent that his target had recently rented a storage unit in Lowell, Massachusetts, for several gang members from Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, several firearms were recovered during the execution of a search warrant during an ongoing state police investigation. Based on the new information provided by the NESPIN staff, the agents with the deportation unit are now better prepared for when they apprehend their target. The target is now classified as extremely dangerous, with access to firearms.

Deportation: ICE contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to assist in the deportation case of an illegal alien who had been in the United States for more than ten years. ICE was contacted about a Massachusetts Department of Corrections inmate who was about to be released. It was believed that the subject was a citizen of the Dominican Republic but was incarcerated under a Puerto Rican alias. The ICE agents were working on a tight timeline, since the subject was scheduled for release. Agents were able to pull two Massachusetts driver’s licenses that the subject had obtained under two different Puerto Rican aliases but could not locate the real Puerto Rican victims, who were needed to prosecute for identity fraud. Agents contacted the NESPIN staff, and within an hour, the specialist e-mailed the addresses of the two Puerto Ricans–one was still in Puerto Rico, the other was in Delaware. The case was declined by the United States Attorney’s Office, because when the subject went before the immigration judge, he admitted his true identity and was ordered to be deported to the Dominican Republic. Although a criminal prosecution was declined, a convicted drug trafficker who lived in the United States for 10-plus years–using a stolen Puerto Rican identification–was deported.

NESPIN Bulletin/Information Sharing Services

Bank Robbery: A bank robbery had occurred in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in which a man wearing sunglasses and a baseball-type hat passed a note to a teller demanding money. He left the bank with several hundred dollars and fled with a female accomplice. Great Barrington police investigators used the NESPIN Crime Briefs to make a connection regarding the type and style of note passed in similar bank robberies in Webster, Massachusetts, and Putnam, Connecticut. In the Webster robbery, the female entered the bank while the male subject waited in a nearby vehicle. Both suspects were subsequently arrested in Connecticut and have been charged with numerous felonies.

RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp)

Larceny: The Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department investigated a reported larceny from a residence in which the owner had reported stolen jewelry. Investigators utilized RISSProp to determine that an employee of a local moving company had sold a gold necklace and a bracelet, valued at approximately $650, at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry store. The items were recovered, and the suspect was arrested for felony larceny and receiving stolen property.

Larceny: Utilizing RISSProp, the South Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department investigated several larceny complaints in which homeowners reported high-end jewelry missing from their residences. The homeowners suspected their contracted cleaning services but had little evidence. A search of the suspects in RISSProp showed numerous pawn transactions involving jewelry. The investigation of those transactions found that much of the missing property had been pawned by two suspects. The two suspects were eventually linked to three separate cases in South Windsor and approximately five to six separate cases in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Larceny: The Bedford, Massachusetts, Police Department (BPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny case. A local homeowner had employed the services of a moving company. After the move, the homeowner noticed that her expensive diamond ring was missing and reported it stolen to the BPD. Moving company employees were interviewed by company management but denied any involvement in the larceny. A Bedford detective entered the names of the moving company employees into RISSProp and subsequently learned that the wife of one of the movers had pawned the ring at a pawnshop in Derry, New Hampshire. Through the investigation, the suspect mover admitted his involvement in the larceny, and the police recovered the homeowner’s diamond ring.

Larceny: The Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a reported larceny from a residence. The reporting party contacted police officers and stated that his laptop computer, valued at $843.69, was missing from his home. Investigators found no signs of forced entry and used RISSProp to determine that the victim’s roommate had sold the stolen computer at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop the day before. The computer was recovered, and the former roommate was arrested.

Larceny: The Seabrook, New Hampshire, Police Department investigated a larceny from a local residence. Property stolen included miscellaneous jewelry, electronics, and National Football League tickets, valued at $6,000. Pursuant to a query run in RISSProp conducted by a Seabrook detective, property matching the description was determined to have been pawned at a local secondhand shop. A suspect was ultimately developed who was a relative of the victim. Much of the property has been identified and recovered. An arrest warrant was issued against the suspect for the offense of larceny. That individual remains at large and is suspected to be out of state.

Larceny: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department began investigating a reported larceny from a residence. Detectives used RISSProp to solve this crime by locating stolen collectible items and video games, valued at $2,800 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The suspect was the boyfriend of the mother of the victim’s girlfriend, and the boyfriend had removed the items while the victim was on vacation out of state. The items were recovered, and the suspect was charged accordingly.

Larceny: Detectives with the Clinton, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a larceny by utilizing RISSProp. A local contractor had reported that an asphalt saw, valued at $2,500, had been stolen. Within days, the detective utilized RISSProp to determine that the saw had been sold by one of his employees to a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The item was recovered, and the former employee was charged with two felonies and is awaiting trial.

Larceny: The Enfield, Connecticut, Police Department solved a larceny by utilizing RISSProp. A laptop computer, valued at $2,500–owned by a business in Syracuse, New York–was stolen in Enfield and located via RISSProp at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The laptop contained irreplaceable proprietary software on it, and when it was returned to the victim, he immediately powered up the computer at the police station to check for the software and found it to be intact. The Springfield detective, who returned the laptop computer, stated, “The owners could not stop thanking us for locating their computer. When notified that we had it, they drove directly from Syracuse, which is four hours away, to pick it up the same day.” The suspect has been charged with felonies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Larceny: The Guilford, Connecticut, Police Department utilized RISSProp after a victim of jewelry theft went to the police station to report the crime. Using RISSProp, an officer located the pawnshop in New Haven, Connecticut, where the jewelry had been sold and recovered all of the property. The suspect had tickets to fly to California. The officer charged the suspect with felony larceny before he was able to leave the state. Utilizing RISSProp, the officer completed this case, from complaint to arrest, within his eight-hour shift.

Larceny: A major home improvement store’s loss prevention personnel reported the theft of two leaf blowers from Derby, Connecticut. A search of RISSProp showed many similar items. Adding “New in Box” (NIB) resulted in one hit for a suspect regarding two leaf blowers at a pawnshop in Springfield, Massachusetts. A search of this suspect showed 51 transactions of items typically stolen from big box stores, most marked NIB. A search of the pawnshop revealed that it had a tendency to traffic in NIB items. Loss prevention personnel contacted the Springfield Major Crimes Unit.

Larceny: The Simsbury, Connecticut, Police Department utilized RISSProp to search for reported stolen items. The suspect had more than 290 transactions that year alone at local pawnshops. At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect admitted to 19 shed burglaries, and the police officers recovered stolen property valued at $30,000 from the pawnshops. Most of the items were powered lawn equipment and powered tools. The suspect admitted to burglaries in Granby, East Granby, East Hartford, and West Hartford, Connecticut. One officer stated, “NESPIN played a big role in assisting us with identifying a suspect and closing this case with 19 solved burglaries.”

Larceny: The West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Police Department solved several larceny cases within town using RISSProp. A query was conducted on suspects that resulted in locating all of the stolen items (19 leather jackets), including the pawn dates and times. Based on the information returned in RISSProp, the officer obtained arrest warrants for the suspects involved. The suspects were eventually apprehended, and they provided investigators with key information on other ongoing larceny investigations in West Bridgewater and the surrounding towns. This information resulted in the apprehension of other individuals and the recovery of additional stolen property. The officer recovered the stolen merchandise from the pawnshop.

Larceny: The Maynard, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to aid an elderly woman who had reported that jewelry had been stolen. The daughter of an old family friend was staying at the home of the elderly woman when she noticed that cash was missing. A few weeks later, the woman realized that many sentimental jewelry items were also missing. The officer queried the suspect in RISSProp and recovered some of the items. The suspect was arrested.

Larceny: Northampton, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives utilized RISSProp to recover gold jewelry items, valued at $1,500, that had been stolen in numerous residential burglaries in Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts. After identifying a suspect in these crimes, detectives utilized RISSProp to conduct a search of the suspect’s name and determined that he had sold the stolen items at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry store.

Larceny: The Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. An elderly resident of Somerville had allowed a troubled family member to temporarily stay with her at her home. Several weeks later, the elderly victim noticed several pieces of jewelry missing. The victim suspected that the troubled family member was the culprit and reported this to the SPD. The detective assigned to the case utilized RISSProp and found the victim’s stolen jewelry at a local pawnshop. The detective obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, and the stolen jewelry was returned to the victim.

Larceny: The Seekonk, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. Several items had been stolen from a department store in Seekonk. A detective searched for the items in RISSProp, and a hit was returned that located the four snow blowers at an area pawnshop in Fall River, Massachusetts. The detective identified and interviewed the suspects, after they were arrested in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, for similar crimes. The detective also utilized NESPIN to post a Be on the Lookout (BOLO), which made it easy for him to be in contact with detectives from West Bridgewater and Raynham, Massachusetts, who were working on solving similar crimes. The suspects have been charged in several jurisdictions.

Larceny: The Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department (FRPD) successfully resolved a larceny case by utilizing the RISSProp database. FRPD detectives were investigating a case in which several individuals stole three mechanical torque wrenches from an automotive store. A detective utilized the RISSProp database and located the stolen wrenches and, in the process, identified the suspects in the case. The detective obtained arrest warrants and arrested the suspects.

Larceny: A detective with the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department Major Crimes Unit solved a larceny and the sale of stolen property by using RISSProp. Enfield, Connecticut, detectives had notified the Springfield detectives that a 2.5-carat diamond solitaire ring, valued at $10,000, had been recently stolen during a larceny. Using RISSProp, the Springfield investigators located the ring at a city pawnshop and recovered it. The suspect, a 22-year-old male, was arrested and is awaiting trial for multiple felonies.

Larceny: A large retail department store contacted the Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department and requested assistance with an employee theft situation. The employee, a 23-year-old male, had been caught stealing three gold chains and $500 from a register over a period of time. A search of RISSProp showed this subject had sold numerous new computer tablets and music players, valued at $1,500, that also were believed to have been stolen from the store. The employee was terminated and charged with felony larceny.

Larceny: A local resident filed a report at the Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department regarding the theft of two antique acoustic guitars valued at $900. After developing a list of the victim’s acquaintances, the detectives determined that both guitars had been sold approximately a month earlier in a Leominster, Massachusetts, secondhand shop. The guitars were recovered, and the suspect was arrested for multiple felonies.

Larceny: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a larceny by utilizing RISSProp. A Gardner resident reported that her 1968 class ring and an air compressor had been stolen from her home. The detective used RISSProp to discover that the victim’s 27-year-old daughter had sold the items at two different Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pawnshops. The victim declined to prosecute and instead bought the items back from the shops.

Larceny: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny by fraudulent use of a credit card. The victim reported that he suspected that his ex-girlfriend had made fraudulent purchases on his account. Detectives determined that the suspect had spent more than $2,000 in fraudulent charges at area hotels and restaurants and a local home improvement center. She purchased power tools, valued at a $600, on his account and then sold them to a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The tools were recovered, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies and is awaiting trial.

Larceny: The Hampden, Massachusetts, Police Department received a 9-1-1 call that reported a fire at an iconic historic residence, commonly referred to as “The Castle.” The house was rendered uninhabitable because of the extent of the fire. Some days later, the owner had a large safe containing $15,000 worth of assorted gold heirloom jewelry removed from the burned-out home and had it placed in the yard. The owner received a telephone call and left the residence for approximately 15 minutes. Upon his arrival back at the house, he entered the driveway and observed a male subject at the safe. This individual ran into a wooded area nearby. The homeowner approached the safe and discovered that it had been breached by the subject, who had used a large maul-type axe, which he dropped as he ran. Police officers were called, but they could not locate the suspect. Approximately ten days later, a Hampden detective solved this case by querying a detailed description of the stolen jewelry in the RISSProp database. A “horse charm” and numerous other stolen items had been sold at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry shop about 12 days after the incident by an 18-year-old Hampden resident. Subsequently, he implicated three juvenile accomplices, and they were all charged with multiple felonies. The lead investigator stated, “We never would have solved this case if not for the matching description of the jewelry in the RISSProp database. After the victim’s home had burned down, at least we were able to recover their stolen jewelry for them–some of the pieces had belonged to their grandmother and were irreplaceable.”

Larceny: The Wareham, Massachusetts, Police Department Detective Division was investigating numerous breaking and enterings (B&Es) into residences, vehicles, and commercial businesses. Items that were taken included construction materials, credit cards, a snow blower, and electronics. Throughout the investigation, several individuals became suspects in the investigation. Detectives queried the suspects’ names in RISSProp and located stolen items from the numerous break-ins. Detectives retrieved the stolen items from two local pawnshops and returned them to the victims. Based on the ongoing investigation and this information, a search warrant was obtained for an address. During the execution of the search warrant, additional stolen property was recovered. Based on the above incident, five suspects were arrested and charged.

Larceny: The Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department was contacted after a local company discovered that several high-value pieces of testing equipment, valued at $2,900, were missing from its inventory. Several of these tools had been issued to an employee who had recently been fired. A complaint was filed, including information on the make and model of the various items. A search of RISSProp using the former employee’s name resulted in numerous transactions involving items that matched the description of the missing items. “Without RISSProp, these transactions would not have been discovered.” The items had been sold, but with this information, the subject will be arrested and charged with larceny.

Larceny: The Danvers, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny case. An elderly female resident of Danvers filed a larceny report for the theft of three gold rings from her home. The elderly victim suspected her housecleaner as a possible suspect. Danvers detectives obtained information that the housecleaner’s boyfriend had a drug dependency. A query of RISSProp revealed that the housecleaner’s boyfriend had pawned three gold rings at a local pawnshop in Danvers. The shop’s RISSProp entry provided photos of the boyfriend and the three gold rings. Detectives positively identified the rings as those belonging to the elderly victim. The rings were returned to the victim, and the detectives have applied for an arrest warrant for the boyfriend for the charge of receiving stolen property. The housecleaner also faces charges.

Larceny: The Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department was investigating a series of residential house break-ins in Fall River. Several leads were developed by the detectives working the cases. One of the case detectives used RISSProp to query the suspect’s name and located the stolen computer from his case. The detective contacted the local pawnshop and made arrangements with the shop owner to recover the stolen laptop. The detective has applied for an arrest warrant for the suspect.

Larcenies: The Wareham, Massachusetts, Police Department investigated numerous larcenies from several motor vehicles. The motor vehicle break-ins occurred during the overnight hours. Items that were stolen from the motor vehicles were miscellaneous credit cards and electronics. Throughout the investigation, several individuals became suspects. Detectives queried the serial number on the stolen game box in RISSProp and learned that several of their suspects had pawned the same game and similar items at a local pawnshop. Detectives positively identified the pawned items as the ones that belonged to their victims. Detectives retrieved the stolen items from the local pawnshop and returned them to the victims. Based on the ongoing investigation and this information, a search warrant was obtained for a particular address. During the execution of the search warrant, additional stolen property was located. Based on the above incident, five individuals were arrested and charged.

Larceny: The Franklin, Massachusetts, Police Department opened a larceny investigation for a victim whose jewelry had been stolen, along with her husband’s power tools. Detectives queried RISSProp for a suspect in their investigation and located the victim’s stolen property at a pawnshop in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The detectives retrieved the victim’s property and have charged the suspect for the theft. As of this date, an arrest has not been made.

Larceny: The Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department opened a larceny investigation. The victim’s cell phone had been stolen from her high school locker by an unknown suspect. The lead investigator in this case successfully located the victim’s cell phone (serial number provided) during a routine search of RISSProp. The detective contacted the local pawnshop and retrieved the victim’s cell phone. Charges will be sought by the detective for larceny over $250.

Larceny: The Leominster, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives used RISSProp to solve a larceny of assorted rechargeable power tools valued at $500. A subject had entered a large home center retail store and walked out with a set of power tools. Using RISSProp, investigators determined that the subject had sold them several days later at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The tools were recovered and returned to the retail store.

Larceny: The Braintree, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny of miscellaneous jewelry and electronics from a Braintree resident. While investigating the larceny, detectives used RISSProp to search for the stolen jewelry and electronics (with serial numbers). The stolen items were located at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts, and Braintree detectives recovered the stolen items. Braintree police officers are working with Boston police officers to apprehend the suspect who they believe committed the crime.

Larceny: The Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny case in which a laptop computer had been stolen from a local florist shop. The owner of the flower shop provided the detective on the case with a serial number and a description of the computer. The detective searched RISSProp for the stolen computer by its serial number and located it at a pawnshop in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The computer was returned to its rightful owner, and a criminal complaint has been filed for the alleged suspect. Fall River detectives linked the same suspect to other B&Es in Fall River.

Larceny: The Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, Police Department received a report of a larceny from a shed outside a local residence. The stolen item was a chainsaw valued at $300. Pursuant to a query conducted in RISSProp, an item matching the description of the one stolen was determined to have been pawned at a local shop in the municipality of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The item was subsequently identified by the owner via a photo. Because six weeks had elapsed between the date of the actual theft and the date of it being reported to police, the property had been resold by the shop and therefore has not been recovered. The individual who pawned the stolen chainsaw was identified and is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges. The investigation in this case remains pending, with an arrest anticipated on a future date. The Fitchburg Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Larceny: The Bloomfield, Connecticut, Police Department solved a case in which $10,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen from a home by the babysitter. By utilizing RISSProp, the officers located two separate pawnshops where the suspect sold the jewelry. The officers recovered all of the items. This led to the arrest of the babysitter.

Larceny: The Bloomfield, Connecticut, Police Department utilized RISSProp to research a larceny. A resident reported that more than $5,000 worth of her jewelry had been stolen by an employee at a dry cleaners after she had left the jewelry in a purse that was to be cleaned. RISSProp revealed that the suspect had sold all of the jewelry at a pawnshop in New Britain, Connecticut. Because of the delay in the victim’s reporting of the crime, the officers were unable to recover the items but solved the case. This led to the arrest of the suspect.

Larceny: The Lincoln, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny case in which jewelry had been stolen from a home. A resident of Lincoln had hired an individual to do work at the home. After the work was completed, the homeowner noticed that some jewelry was missing. Lincoln Police Department detectives utilized RISSProp and learned that the victim’s jewelry had been pawned at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts, by the hired individual. Lincoln detectives retrieved the victim’s jewelry and will seek criminal charges against the suspect.

Larceny: The Weymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. A gold ring was reported stolen during a daytime residential break-in. A Weymouth detective assigned to the case used RISSProp to locate the victim’s stolen ring at a pawnshop in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The detective contacted the pawnshop and asked the store owner to hold the ring until the detective could retrieve it for the victim. The detective has since sought an arrest warrant for the suspect who pawned the stolen ring.

Larcenies: The Westfield, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives used RISSProp to solve a series of larcenies involving 14 assorted power tools that had been stolen from a local retailer. Detectives determined that a Westfield man had sold the items at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop over an extended period of time and recovered $4,000 worth of merchandise. The suspect was arrested and is facing multiple felony charges.
Larceny: The Westfield, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives solved a large number of ongoing thefts from retail establishments by using RISSProp to identify a suspect. There were numerous transactions that identified an individual selling brand-new boxes of hair regrowth products, razor blades, and white strips to an Enfield, Connecticut, pawnshop over the course of several months. The majority of these items, valued at $5,000, were recovered and returned to the victims. The subject has been charged with multiple felonies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Larceny: The East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department responded to a report of a larceny at a residence. Approximately $3,300 in assorted gold and silver jewelry and 27 video games had been stolen. Detectives used RISSProp to determine that the family’s nanny, a 26-year-old female, had recently sold the missing jewelry at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. When detectives interviewed the woman, she gave a full confession and also implicated herself in a series of similar larcenies that had occurred in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where she also worked as a nanny. Multiple felony complaints have been issued against the suspect in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the majority of the stolen items have been recovered and returned to their owners.

Larceny: The Lexington, Massachusetts, Police Department was investigating a residential break-in that had occurred in Lexington. Through their investigation, the Lexington detectives developed a lead for a suspect. The lead detective utilized RISSProp and noticed that the suspect in the case had pawned the victim’s exact stolen jewelry at a pawnshop in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Lexington detective contacted detectives with the Nashua Police Department, who made a notification to the pawnshop owner to secure and recover the victim’s jewelry.

Larceny: The Revere, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to investigate eight larceny cases that had occurred at an assisted-living facility building in Revere. Items that had been reported stolen were gold chains, diamond rings, and cash. Through their investigation, the Revere detectives developed several suspects for the crimes. Utilizing RISSProp, the detectives learned that all of the victims’ jewelry had been pawned in a shop in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The suspect who pawned the stolen items was questioned by Revere police officers and provided information implicating additional suspects who were involved in the crimes. Unfortunately, because of the time lapse, most of the jewelry had been resold and could not be recovered.

Larceny: Detectives with the Grafton and Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Departments used RISSProp to recover $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry. A Grafton resident had reported the theft, and detectives used RISSProp to determine that the items had been sold at a Worcester pawnshop on various days. The suspect has been charged with multiple felonies.

Larcenies: In December 2016, the Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives used RISSProp to solve a series of larcenies that had occurred throughout 2016. An individual had reported that she allowed her ex-husband to live with her temporarily after he had fallen on hard times and found himself homeless. Within a matter of weeks, she noticed that 13 pieces of jewelry had disappeared. After reporting the theft to the police, investigators found numerous suspicious transactions at local pawnshops by the ex-husband. Investigators recovered $10,000 worth of stolen items, while other pieces had already been melted and sold as scrap by the shops. The ex-husband has been charged accordingly and was evicted from the victim’s residence.

Larceny: The Wilbraham and Charlton, Massachusetts, Police Departments used RISSProp to assist with a larceny investigation. An employee at a local electrical contracting business had stolen $6,100 worth of tools and had fraudulently used the company’s credit card. Information in RISSProp assisted investigators with securing a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, and the stolen items were subsequently recovered. The individual was arrested by Wilbraham police officers and is awaiting trial.

Larceny: The Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department used RISSProp to recover $6,200 in stolen property that had been sold at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry shop. Local residents had recently hired a moving company to move into their new house. A couple of days after the move, they noticed that numerous pieces of jewelry were missing. A Wilbraham detective contacted the owner of the moving company and obtained the list of employees who had had access to the house and queried their names in RISSProp, solving the investigation. The employee has been terminated and was charged with multiple felonies.

Larceny: The Brookline, New Hampshire, Police Department received a report of a theft of assorted jewelry from a local residence. Initially, a cleaning crew was suspected in the theft, but the focus soon shifted to the victim’s granddaughter and her boyfriend, who resided at the residence. It was discovered that the boyfriend had a heroin addiction. Pursuant to a query made in RISSProp, several pieces of jewelry were found to have been sold by the granddaughter at a pawnshop in the municipality of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Though the jewelry had since been resold, some of it could be identified by means of photographs. The case remains pending as additional investigation is being conducted.

Larceny: The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department used RISSProp to solve a larceny of construction power tools valued at $2,000. A local plumbing business had terminated an employee recently, and the employee had been visiting numerous retailers in the area, purchasing tools on his former employer’s purchase order account number. Springfield detectives recovered the stolen tools after querying RISSProp and charged him with felony larceny and the sale of stolen property.

Larceny: The Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) began investigating a series of residential break-ins. The lead detective utilized RISSProp and located some of the stolen items, which had been reported at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts. In doing so, the detective identified the suspect, who was well-known to the SPD. The lead detective created an aggregate spreadsheet to document the suspect’s pawn activity and then worked with narcotics detectives to conduct surveillance of the suspect, who made a drug transaction in plain view. Somerville detectives made several arrests and seized 12 bags of heroin and $2,500 in cash.

Larceny: The Weymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department took a larceny report from a Weymouth resident who had reported that her two diamond rings and a wedding band had been stolen from her home. The resident told investigators that a family friend with a drug dependency recently had stayed at her house for a couple of weeks. Weymouth detectives queried the male friend’s name in RISSProp and found nothing, then queried the male girlfriend’s name and learned that she had recently pawned two diamond rings and a wedding band. The Weymouth detectives were able to recover the victim’s rings and return them. Warrants have been sought for the female who pawned the stolen items.

Larceny: The Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a residential break-in case in which a resident had called the SPD to report that her apartment had been broken into and that one of her electronic devices had been stolen. The victim had recently purchased the device and was able to provide the investigator with the serial number. The investigator then utilized RISSProp and queried the serial number. The investigator received a hit and learned that the stolen device had been pawned at a downtown Boston, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Unfortunately, because of the 30-day law, the device was no longer at the shop. The investigator will be seeking an arrest warrant for the individual who pawned the stolen device.

Larcenies: Investigators with the Amtrak, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a series of larcenies from rail yards in Massachusetts by using RISSProp. After receiving numerous reports of larcenies involving high-end construction tools, investigators determined that an employee of the victim had stolen the tools, valued at approximately $20,000, and sold them at a Connecticut pawnshop. The stolen property was recovered, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies.

Larceny: The Oxford, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve the larceny of a diamond ring and a pair of earrings, valued at approximately $2,500. The victim reported the theft to police officers, and investigators determined, via RISSProp, that a female acquaintance–who was allowed to stay at the victim’s home–had sold the items at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The subject was charged with larceny from a building and receiving stolen property.

Larceny: The Groton, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny of a diamond solitaire wedding ring and a matching diamond engagement ring. The victim reported the theft of the rings and provided investigators with two possible suspects–her brother and her brother’s girlfriend. A RISSProp e-mail alert notified the lead investigator that the girlfriend had sold both rings, valued at approximately $7,000, at a Worcester, Massachusetts, jewelry shop, after the victim’s brother took the rings from the victim’s home and gave them to his girlfriend to sell. The rings were recovered and returned to the victim, and both subjects were charged.

Larceny: The Raymond, New Hampshire, Police Department began investigating a local individual for being involved with heroin addiction. At that same time, detectives began monitoring RISSProp for any activity by that individual. It was subsequently determined that the suspect had pawned a gift card at a shop in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Pawns of miscellaneous tools, including a leaf blower, also were made at shops in Derry,
New Hampshire. Some of these tools, valued at $500, were determined to have been stolen from a
local business and were later recovered. The suspect has not yet been arrested, and the investigation continues. Assisting with the investigation was the Lawrence Police Department and the Derry Police Department.

Larceny: The Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department solved multiple larcenies of high-end heirloom jewelry by utilizing RISSProp. Officers were notified by family members of an elderly resident that approximately $96,000 in assorted gold heirloom jewelry was missing, and they suspected that home health aides who take care of the victim might be responsible. Investigators used RISSProp to determine that one of the home health aides, along with a friend, had sold numerous pieces of jewelry at various Springfield, Massachusetts, shops. Approximately $44,000 in jewelry was recovered, and the remainder is still unaccounted for. Felony charges have been lodged against the suspects, and they have been arrested.

Larceny: The Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department (FRPD) utilized RISSProp to solve the larceny of a residence. The FRPD responded to a residential B&E in an apartment building in which officers learned that a gaming console had been stolen. Responding officers were able to query the serial number of the gaming console within RISSProp and found that it had been pawned at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts, the same day that it was reported as stolen. Officers were able to identify the suspect, based on the photo ID that the individual had used. The officers are in the process of filing appropriate charges on the suspect.

Larceny: The Lakeville, Massachusetts, Police Department (LPD) utilized RISSProp to help solve a larceny case. The LPD responded to the report of a larceny in which an elderly female stated that several diamond rings that had sentimental value had been stolen. The female victim suspected her home health care lady. The LPD officers were able to create an e-mail alert, including the description of the rings. Several weeks later, one of the officers received an e-mail alert showing that the rings he had entered into the system had been pawned at a pawnshop in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The officer contacted the shop and retrieved the female’s stolen rings. The LPD officer reports that the female victim was thrilled to get her property back. Appropriate charges will be sought for the suspect.

Larceny: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a reported larceny by using RISSProp. After being in the hospital for approximately three weeks, a 26-year-old Gardner resident reported that someone had stolen a video game and a controller, valued at $110, from his home. The items were eventually recovered after the detective determined that the resident’s now ex-girlfriend had entered his home while he was in the hospital, stolen the items, and then sold them at a local gaming store. The female subject will be summoned into court on multiple charges.

Larcenies: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to proactively solve a series of larcenies that had been unreported. An investigator who regularly searches RISSProp transactions noticed that a 40-year-old drug-dependent female had numerous sales of jewelry and other items at local shops. The detective interviewed the suspect’s 72-year-old mother and discovered that the items had been taken from the elderly woman’s home, without her knowledge, over the course of several months. The items, valued at approximately $3,000, were recovered. At the time of this report, the victim does not want to press charges.

Larceny: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny from a building that resulted in the theft of a gaming console, a power tool, and $2,153.68 in fraudulent credit card charges. Investigators determined that an ex-girlfriend of the reporting party had entered his home, stole the items, and then sold the items, valued at approximately $550, to a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Through this information, the investigators developed probable cause for the credit card fraud. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, and the items were recovered.

Larceny: A female resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, contacted the local police department to report that her apartment had been burglarized. The female victim reported that a video console and an electric guitar had been stolen. The female provided the detective with serial numbers for both items and the name of her ex-boyfriend, who she suspected was responsible for the crime. The female victim suspected her ex-boyfriend based on the fact that her neighbors had seen him in the building earlier in the day that the larceny occurred. Officers with the Fall River Police Department utilized RISSProp and created an e-mail alert for the ex-boyfriend by entering his name and date of birth in the system. Within a week, the investigating detective received an e-mail indicating that the ex-boyfriend had recently pawned one video console and an electric guitar at a local pawnshop in Fall River. The victim’s belongings were recovered, and the detective has applied for an arrest warrant for the suspect.

Larceny: Detectives with the Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department were called to a local retail establishment to apprehend a serial shoplifter. This individual had repeatedly entered the store and simply walked out with items; he was last seen getting into a red vehicle. At this point, the store had lost $783.87 in merchandise, including a mixer, a specialty coffee machine, and a car radio. By using RISSProp, investigators were able to identify a homeless subject who had sold the items to a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pawnshop shortly after the reported thefts. The items were recovered and returned to the store, and an arrest warrant was issued. In addition, detectives determined that a 66-year-old female employee at the store had assisted in these thefts. She was not charged; however, her employment was terminated.

Larceny: The Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Police Department (FPD) utilized RISSProp to solve several residential burglaries within Fairhaven. Items stolen during the break-ins were several diamond rings and other miscellaneous jewelry and electronics. The Fairhaven detectives searched RISSProp for the stolen items and received a hit on several of them. The detective queried the activity of the individuals who had pawned the stolen merchandise and learned that the same suspects had been pawning regularly. The Fairhaven detective then contacted detectives with the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Police Department (NBPD) and shared his information. The NBPD had been investigating a series of armed robberies within New Bedford. The NBPD detectives were able to confirm several items pawned by the same suspects wanted in the Fairhaven burglaries, who were indeed the suspects that they were looking for in their armed robberies. In summation, the pawnshop located by the FPD search confirmed that the suspects were involved in the house break-ins and tied the same suspects to the armed robberies in New Bedford. As a result, three arrests were made.

Larceny: The Revere, Massachusetts, Police Department (RPD) responded to a B&E at an apartment in Revere. The victim, an elderly female, reported that someone had entered her apartment (no forced entry noticed) and stolen four diamond rings, valued at $15,000. The RPD detectives had a suspicion that the perpetrator knew the victim, since there was no forced entry. Based on this, the detectives ran a query in RISSProp of the apartment building maintenance man and learned that he had pawned four diamond rings at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts, two days after the reported break-in. The detectives printed out the pawnshop photos of the rings that were taken at the time of the sale and showed them to the victim. The victim positively identified the rings. The detectives questioned the suspect, who ultimately confessed to the crime. During an interview and interrogation session, the suspect confessed to using the building master key to gain entry into the victim’s apartment. The suspect was charged accordingly, and the case was successfully resolved, with the victim getting her rings returned.

Larceny: The Revere, Massachusetts, Police Department (RPD) utilized RISSProp to assist in solving a larceny case in which diamond rings had been stolen from an apartment in Revere. The victim, an elderly female, reported that someone had entered her apartment and had stolen four diamond rings, valued at $15,000. The RPD detectives had a suspicion that the perpetrator knew the victim because there was no sign of forced entry. Based on this information, the detectives queried the apartment building maintenance man in RISSProp and learned that he had pawned four diamond rings at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts, two days after the break-in was reported. The detectives printed out the pawnshop photos of the rings that were taken at the time of the sale and the rings pictured in RISSProp and showed them to the victim. The victim positively identified the rings. The detectives questioned the suspect, who ultimately confessed to the crime. During an interview and interrogation session, the suspect confessed to using the building master key to gain entry into the victim’s apartment. The suspect was charged accordingly and the case was successfully resolved, with the victim’s stolen property recovered and returned.

Larceny: The Trumbull, Connecticut, Police Department investigated a larceny complaint from a local business. It was learned that the suspect had shoplifted and stolen distinct items. The suspect had a history of the same crime and had previously been arrested. An arrest warrant was submitted to the court. The warrant was returned by the court stating, “Warrant refusal.” The court requested a follow up with the pawnshop to verify that the suspect had brought the stolen items there. RISSProp was queried and it was verified that the items were pawned by this suspect. RISSProp also showed a lengthy history of this suspect participating in these acts. The warrant was signed, and a $25,000 bond was set for a charge of larceny in the fifth degree on this suspect.

Larcenies: The Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a series of larcenies involving landscaping equipment. Detectives determined that three chainsaws, reported stolen from a local landscaper’s truck, were subsequently sold at a Waterbury, Connecticut, pawnshop. The saws, valued at $1,500, were recovered. After the arrest of one individual, the investigation led to four additional arrests for various property crimes and heroin-related offenses.

Larceny: Detectives with the Lincoln, Massachusetts, Police Department (LPD) utilized RISSProp to assist in solving a larceny case. The resident reported that she had recently hired a moving company. She noticed that one of the movers was in an area of the house where he should not have been. Police detectives obtained a name of the employee, based on the clothing and physical description that was provided by the resident. Several days later, the detectives conducted a query in RISSProp on the suspect’s name and learned that he had pawned designer handbags and wallets belonging to the resident at a shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Charges are being sought for the individual by the LPD.

Larceny: Detectives with the Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Police Department (FPD) utilized RISSProp to solve an ongoing residential B&E. An elderly resident of Fairhaven reported that she believed someone broke into her home and stole numerous pieces of valuable jewelry. FPD detectives learned that the elderly victim’s husband had a home healthcare provider who visited the residence regularly to assist with him. The detectives queried the home healthcare individual’s name in RISSProp and learned that he had recently pawned jewelry that matched the description of the jewelry that the elderly victim had reported as stolen. The FPD detectives questioned the home healthcare person, who ultimately confessed to the theft. He was charged with the crime, and the victim’s jewelry was returned.

Larceny: The Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Police Department (FPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a recent larceny in Fairhaven. A Fairhaven homeowner reported that her home had been broken into while she was on vacation. The victim reported that four diamond rings, valued at more than $25,000, were missing. The FPD detectives queried the description of the rings in RISSProp and located the jewelry at a local pawnshop. The FPD detectives confirmed that the stolen rings belonged to the victim and recovered them. An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect.

Larceny: The Boxborough, Massachusetts, Police Department (BPD) utilized RISSProp to assist in solving a residential break-in in Boxborough. The resident reported that the residence had been broken into via a basement window and ransacked, and a large amount of miscellaneous jewelry was stolen during the
break-in. The BPD detectives developed a lead and the name of a suspect. A week later, the Massachusetts State Police arrested a suspect who they believed had been committing residential break-ins in Lawrence, Massachusetts. During the motor vehicle stop, the suspect’s car was towed and subsequently inventoried. During the inventory, some items were found in the vehicle that did not belong to the suspect. The Lawrence Police Department detectives contacted the BPD detectives and provided this information, which then prompted the BPD detectives to query RISSProp. A search of RISSProp revealed that the same suspect had pawned jewelry matching the exact description of jewelry that had been reported as stolen by the victim. The suspect was questioned for the alleged crimes and ultimately confessed.

Larceny: The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) solved a larceny involving the theft of a 50″ flat-screen television, valued at $400, from a local residence, by utilizing RISSProp. The victim’s cousin and another individual were charged with felony larceny and the sale of stolen property, after an investigator located the television by querying the serial number in RISSProp. The item was sold at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop and was subsequently recovered and returned to the victim. The SPD detective wrote up his narrative report and stated, “The owner of the television thanked me for locating his stolen television and left the station with his TV.”

Larceny: The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to recover a framing nail gun, valued at $150. An investigator determined that the victim’s stepson had stolen the item and had his girlfriend sell it at a Webster, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The item was recovered and returned to the victim. An arrest warrant was issued for the female subject.

Larceny: The Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department (BPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny case in which a diamond engagement ring was stolen. The front desk at District C-11 of the BPD took a report from a citizen, who stated that his mentally ill brother took his wife’s engagement ring and wedding band from his home while he was away on business. The mentally ill brother went to a local pawnshop and sold the ring for $80. An appraisal provided for the engagement ring has an actual value of more than $16,000. The owner of the pawnshop submitted this transaction information into RISSProp. The detective assigned to the case queried RISSProp with a description of the stolen ring and the name of the victim’s mentally ill brother. The detective located the suspect’s transaction activity. The engagement ring was recovered and returned to its rightful owner.

Larceny: The Acushnet, Massachusetts, Police Department (APD) utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny within Acushnet. A female resident contacted the APD to report that her home had been broken into and ransacked while she had taken her six-year-old son to a water park for the day. The APD detectives interviewed the victim and the victim’s boyfriend, who provided the police officers with a name and a description of a possible suspect and serial numbers for the stolen flat-screen television and watch. Within the following three days, an APD detective queried the serial numbers to the stolen merchandise in RISSProp and learned that the victim’s boyfriend had pawned the exact items that were reported stolen at a nearby pawnshop. The victim’s boyfriend was brought in for questioning, and when confronted with photos and documentation of his pawn transaction, he subsequently admitted to staging the break-in and filing a false report. The boyfriend was placed under arrest for multiple charges.

Larceny: The Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. A local resident had hired a cleaning company and subsequently discovered that three gold and silver rings were missing, after a four-person cleaning crew left the home. Detectives utilized RISSProp to determine that a female employee from the cleaning service had stolen the rings and sold them for $40 the same day, after leaving the residence, at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Investigators recovered the rings, valued at $900, and secured an arrest warrant for the female suspect.

Larceny: The Lowell, Massachusetts, Police Department (LPD) utilized RISSProp to assist in solving a larceny in Lowell. A local contractor reported that his work trailer had been broken into and multiple work tools and jewelry were stolen. The items that were described included plumbing tools, wrenches, a tablet, a designer watch, a black receiver, a digital single-lens reflex camera, and a 55″ flat-screen television. Through their investigation, the LPD detectives developed a person of interest who was a past employee of the contractor. The detectives utilized RISSProp and queried the person of interest. They noticed that this person had made several recent pawn transactions at a shop in Nashua, New Hampshire. The items that were pawned matched the descriptions of the items that were reported as stolen by the contractor. Pictures of the items were shown to the contractor for confirmation. After confirmation was made, the detectives contacted the shop and retrieved the stolen items to return to their rightful owner. A warrant for larceny over $250 has been obtained for the suspect.

Larceny: The Lowe’s Corporation utilized RISSProp to solve a series of larcenies that had occurred at multiple stores within the New England region. A Lowe’s manager of Organized Retail Crime (ORC) had been investigating multiple larcenies of vacuum cleaners and backpack blowers from Lowe’s stores in three separate states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). The ORC manager obtained still photos of a female serial shoplifting suspect from the Lowe’s closed-circuit television system and submitted them to the NESPIN intelligence research staff and massachusettscrime.net for assistance with a possible identification. The shoplifting information and pictures of the female suspect were posted on the NESPIN home page for viewing. Within a week, the Lowe’s ORC manager received a tip from a police officer in Connecticut, who was able to positively identify the female suspect. With this information, the ORC manager queried RISSProp and learned that the female suspect had pawned most of the stolen property at several pawnshops in Connecticut. The ORC manager then worked with a detective from a local police department, who was able to obtain several arrest warrants on the female suspect.

Larceny: The Ware, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny and recover approximately $10,000 worth of gold and silver coins. While investigating a larceny report, the detective queried the victim’s roommate’s name and learned that a portion of the stolen property was sold to a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Subsequent investigation led to the recovery of the remaining stolen property. The suspect has been charged in district court.

Larceny: The Lowe’s Corporation ORC manager solved multiple larcenies by utilizing RISSProp. The Lowe’s store in Westborough, Massachusetts, recently had suffered two run-out thefts of chainsaws. ORC investigators were not able to obtain any identifiers at the time of the thefts. The Loss Prevention (LP) manager of the store turned the case over to the ORC investigator, who checked RISSProp. Upon review of RISSProp, the ORC investigator found pawns conducted in Worcester, Massachusetts, of the exact items stolen from the Lowe’s in Westborough, within hours of the thefts. Both pawns were conducted by the same individual. The pawnshop in question did not take the customary photos of the merchandise or pawning party. Using this information, the ORC investigator queried social media and confirmed that the subject who conducted the thefts matched the description and appearance of a person using that name. The ORC investigator reached out to investigators with the Westborough Police Department and the Worcester Police Department, who went to the pawnshop and seized the property while working on obtaining warrants for the suspect. While conducting routine surveillance a few weeks later, the Lowe’s LP manager in Westborough spotted the suspect as he entered the store and loaded his cart with more chainsaws. The suspect exited the store when the LP manager attempted to apprehend him, but he fled into the nearby woods. The Westborough Police Department was contacted for assistance and was able to take the suspect into custody.

Larceny: The Agawam and the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Departments used RISSProp to solve a larceny of $24,000 in roofing tools, before the victim even knew that the items were stolen. A Springfield detective who was monitoring RISSProp noticed several suspicious transactions at a local pawnshop involving tools. A follow-up investigation led to a distributor warehouse in Agawam. When prompted to conduct an inventory, it was discovered that the tools were stolen in the weeks previous to the police contacting the manager. All of the tools were recovered, and a subject has been charged with multiple felonies.

Larceny: An officer with the Darien, Connecticut, Police Department utilized RISSProp to identify a suspect. Two backpack blowers, valued at $650 each, were stolen from landscapers’ trucks. The officer searched RISSProp and found that each backpack blower had been pawned on the day it was stolen, both by the same person. The identification given to the pawnshop allowed the officer to identify the suspect. An arrest warrant was granted for the suspect, who was charged with two counts of larceny in the fifth degree. The suspect turned himself in and was released on a $10,000 court-set bond.

Embezzlement/Larceny: An officer with the Manchester, Vermont, Police Department received a report of an embezzlement and larceny in the neighboring town of Bennington, Vermont. The officer received this information from a friend who worked for the victim’s agency. The suspect in this case, a company employee, was alleged to have had a problem with drug addiction. The Manchester officer conducted a subsequent query of RISSProp, which indicated that a female suspect had pawned $3,000 worth of expensive high-end jewelry at a shop in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. These pawns had been spread out over a period of several months, and it is believed that the suspect cleaned houses, which would have given her access to the property. The investigation, which is in its early stages, has been turned over to the Bennington Police Department. Bennington officers will follow up on the embezzlement case, including the drug allegations and larcenies. At this point, the jewelry has not been recovered from the pawnshop; however, it is believed that some or all of it was stolen from the various residences by the suspect.

Larceny/Receiving Stolen Property: A detective with the Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department solved the larceny of a local resident’s heirloom jewelry, valued at approximately $2,500, by using RISSProp. The detective queried the victim’s 37-year-old brother’s name in the database and located numerous suspicious transactions. The property was located, recovered, and returned, and the subject has been arrested for larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property.

B&E/Larceny: The Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp after a resident reported that her storage space–located in the basement of her building–had been broken into. The victim further reported that several gold rings and old family heirloom jewelry had been stolen. The victim learned, through other residents in the building, that the person responsible might be another tenant in the building. The detective ran a query in RISSProp and a hit was returned that located the specific jewelry at a local pawnshop. The detective and the victim went to the pawnshop to recover the stolen merchandise. When confronted, the shop owner said, “We did not buy that jewelry.” The detective had a printout of the RISSProp screen that depicted the transaction details and showed the shop owner, who then changed his tune and located the recently pawned items. The stolen jewelry was recovered and handed back to the victim. The detective has sought an arrest warrant for the suspect.

B&E: A software company discovered that its office had been broken into and that several laptop computers and other items, valued at $2,700, had been stolen. Video surveillance captured two suspects entering and exiting the building. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves, so no physical evidence was available. Because of the clothing they were wearing, the suspects could not be identified. The company provided the Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department (WPD) with the make, model, and serial numbers of items stolen. A suspect was later developed, and a search of the RISSProp database located an item that he had pawned that matched the description of the item that had been reported stolen from the software company. Further investigation identified his girlfriend. Her name was then queried in RISSProp, which returned a hit showing that she had pawned a laptop computer. The serial number had been removed from the computer, but the make and model matched the computer that had been reported as stolen. A further inspection of the computer’s operating system showed that it also had been stolen from the same software company. Both of these computers were seized by the WPD. Both suspects had moved from the addresses listed on their driver’s licenses, but the pawnshop records showed their current address, which was unknown at the time. A WPD detective went to the suspects’ residence and recovered additional stolen items. RISSProp assisted in the location and recovery of two stolen computers and in locating the suspects. When the suspects were interviewed, additional stolen items were located. Arrest warrants have been submitted, seeking burglary and larceny charges.

B&E: The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a B&E into a motor vehicle and subsequently recovered stolen power tools, valued at $500, by utilizing RISSProp. By running a query that included a description of the stolen tools–a nailer, an air compressor, and a skill saw–the detective determined that the items were sold to a Webster, Massachusetts, pawnshop by the victim’s drug-dependent stepson and the stepson’s girlfriend.

B&E: The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department (WPD) responded to a local address for a reported past B&E. The victim reported that her platinum diamond engagement ring, appraised at $25,000, was one of the items stolen. A WPD detective, who was assigned to the investigation, utilized RISSProp to develop a suspect based on a suspicious transaction. Upon interviewing the suspect, the detective secured an admission of guilt and located incriminating text messages on the cell phone from another suspect, who had sold the ring. During an interview, the suspect said that the victim’s adult son had approached him with the ring and told him, “The cops track pawnshops and will search for my name.” The son offered to split the proceeds with the suspect if the suspect sold his mother’s ring for him. The detective recovered the ring from a shop and remarked how happy the victim was that he was able to bring her ring back to her. Both subjects, who are drug dependent, were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. The WPD was the first member agency that partnered with NESPIN to create the first iteration of the RISSProp database. Thirteen years later, the department is still utilizing it to solve crimes.

Larceny/Burglary: A detective with the Plaistow, New Hampshire, Police Department assisted other police agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts with burglary and larceny cases that they were investigating. These agencies included the Atkinson, New Hampshire, Police Department; the Amesbury, Massachusetts, Police Department; and the Merrimac, Massachusetts, Police Department. A query run in RISSProp by the Plaistow detective indicated that two individuals had recently pawned a large amount of jewelry and tools at a local shop in Plaistow. Specifically, two rings stolen during a burglary in Amesbury and two watches stolen during a burglary in Merrimac, with a combined value of $1,000, were located and recovered. Arrests of these two suspects are pending. Because hits returned in RISSProp reflected large amounts of jewelry and other property that that had been pawned by these individuals, descriptions and photographs were disseminated to law enforcement agencies in both states to possibly solve more cases and return the property to the rightful owners.

Burglary: Springfield, Massachusetts, detectives solved a residential burglary using the RISSProp database. The victim, a 74-year-old female who lived alone, returned from doing errands to find that her home had been broken into. A description of the victim’s missing jewelry was run in RISSProp, which returned a hit to a career criminal. Detectives charged him with multiple felonies and recovered the stolen jewelry, valued at approximately $3,000. The 36-year-old suspect was convicted and sentenced to two to three years in state prison. According to newspaper accounts, the man cried in the courtroom as he was handcuffed and led out by court officers.

Burglary: The Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a burglary at a local commercial construction company by utilizing RISSProp. Investigators were called to the business when the owner arrived in the morning to find that the building had been broken into overnight. The victims reported almost $35,000 in losses, including professional-grade construction equipment and electronics. Officers compared a list of current and past employees to the RISSProp database and determined that a current employee had sold a majority of the stolen items at pawnshops in both Springfield, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut. Investigators also determined that this same employee had been committing multiple larcenies of equipment from the company that had gone unnoticed. Detectives recovered approximately $31,000 worth of stolen items, and the now former employee has been charged with multiple felonies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Burglary: The South Windsor, Connecticut, Police Department investigated a residential burglary. The initial investigation of the burglary had stalled because of a lack of evidence. Later, a possible suspect was identified. A check of RISSProp showed that the newly identified suspect had pawned items similar to what was missing from the house approximately one week after the burglary. Investigators linked the items pawned by the suspect to the home that was burglarized. An arrest warrant for the suspect is pending.

Burglary: Enfield, Connecticut, detectives solved a residential burglary by utilizing RISSProp. An expensive watch, valued at $6,000, was sold to a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop shortly after the burglary. It was positively identified and returned to the victim. The suspect was charged with felonies in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Burglary: A detective with the Brunswick, Maine, Police Department was investigating a residential burglary in which multiple items of jewelry were stolen. The detective queried a possible suspect’s name in RISSProp, which led to a hit on the subject, who had sold the items at a nearby pawnshop. The items were recovered and an arrest is pending.

Burglary: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to assist in solving a residential burglary. Investigators located stolen property from this case that had been sold in three different Massachusetts locations: Leominster, Gardner, and Lancaster. The value of the recovered property, a laptop computer, gold pendants, and a game console, was $1,900. The suspect, a 32-year-old male, was charged with multiple felonies and has become a suspect in numerous residential and commercial burglaries throughout the area.

Burglary: The East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a residential burglary by utilizing RISSProp. Detectives queried the suspect’s girlfriend’s name in the database and located numerous assorted women’s jewelry items, valued at $4,000, that were sold at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry shop. These items matched the description in the victim’s report and were positively identified by the homeowner. Subsequently, the female subject implicated her boyfriend as the individual committing the actual burglary. Both subjects were charged with felony offenses and are awaiting trial.

Burglary: The Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a residential burglary by utilizing RISSProp. Detectives determined that the girlfriend of the perpetrator had sold a game console at a store in Auburn, Massachusetts, a week after the burglary. The victim provided the serial number of the console, and that is what created the lead after a query was run in RISSProp. Both subjects were charged, which led to the recovery of other jewelry items that had been taken in the same burglary. The total value of the items recovered was $1,150.

Burglaries: The Southwick, Massachusetts, Police Department used RISSProp to solve a series of forced-entry residential burglaries in Southwick and the surrounding towns of Suffield and Granby, Connecticut. A 39-year-old resident of Hartford, Connecticut, became a suspect after investigators discovered 29 suspicious pawn transactions dating back to 2016 at shops in Enfield and Bloomfield, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts. Numerous assorted power tools, valued at $4,500, that had been stolen in the burglaries were recovered. The suspect has been arrested and is being held on bail, pending trial.

Burglaries: The East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives connected a suspect to two residential burglaries, based on information they discovered while searching RISSProp. Numerous pieces of assorted jewelry, valued at $1,000, were recovered, and the suspect has been charged with multiple felonies.

Burglary: The West Boylston, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a residential burglary. A detective queried a suspect’s name in RISSProp and determined that she had sold a stolen gold chain, valued at $800, at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop a short time after the burglary. The property was recovered, and the suspect was arrested for multiple felonies.

Burglary: The Amherst, New Hampshire, Police Department received a report of a burglary at a local music studio. Items stolen from the studio were an electric guitar and three electric amps, valued at $3,000. At the time the crime was reported, the officers had no leads. A subsequent query of RISSProp revealed that items matching the description of those stolen had been pawned at a local shop in the nearby city of Nashua, New Hampshire. The property was later identified by the victim and ultimately recovered. The victim did not know the individuals who had sold the property. As the investigation progressed, two adults and one juvenile were identified as suspects. The adults, who were neighbors to the victim, ultimately confessed to the crime. They were later arrested for the offense of theft by unauthorized taking and processed through the court system. The Nashua Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Burglary: Detectives with the Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a series of residential burglaries by using RISSProp. Investigators were able to determine that a female subject had sold a number of jewelry pieces in an Enfield, Connecticut, pawnshop. These items, stolen in residential burglaries committed by her boyfriend, were valued at approximately $4,000. Both subjects have been charged with multiple felonies, and the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victims.

Burglary: The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department responded to a call for a past residential burglary. The reporting party gave a detailed list of items that had allegedly been stolen. These items included a pair of high-end sneakers, a cigarette rolling machine, a gaming console, and a laptop computer. Two days later, the same responding officer followed up with the victim and was told that the victim’s brother had broken into his home and took the items. The victim told the officer that his mother told him that she had given his brother a ride to a pawnshop to sell the items, not knowing that they were stolen. Shortly thereafter, a Gardner detective used RISSProp to determine that the victim himself had, in fact, sold the same laptop computer–which he had reported as stolen–at a Gardner pawnshop two days before he reported that his home had been broken into. The detective followed up with the victim’s mother and was told that she had not spoken to her other son–the one blamed for stealing the items–in more than two years and that he was currently incarcerated in the Worcester County House of Correction. She also volunteered that she has an active restraining order against him and has no plans to speak to him upon his release. The detective closed the case regarding the reported burglary and is charging the original victim with filing a false police report and failing to register as a sex offender.

Burglary: The Conway, New Hampshire, Police Department (CPD) received the report of a forced-entry burglary of a local business. During the incident, miscellaneous tools were stolen, valued at $1,500. These tools consisted of a miter saw, a sander, and other related items. A check of RISSProp revealed that an individual had sold property that matched the descriptions of the stolen items at a secondhand shop in Tilton, New Hampshire, the very next day. The suspect was ultimately identified, and much of the stolen property has been recovered. Detectives with the CPD have applied for a warrant, and the suspect will ultimately be arrested and charged with burglary and stolen property offenses.

Burglaries: Detectives with the Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department solved a series of five residential burglaries that had occurred in Springfield; East Longmeadow, Massachusetts; and Enfield, Connecticut, by using RISSProp. In addition, the suspect had stolen two electric wheelchairs from the home of his 72-year-old disabled father and sold them at a Springfield pawnshop. The subject was arrested and has been charged in both states. The wheelchairs and other stolen items, valued at approximately $11,500, were recovered.

Burglary: The Easthampton, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives utilized RISSProp to obtain a valid residential address for an individual who was suspected of committing a commercial burglary. The detectives also used a photograph taken of the suspect at an area pawnshop and matched it to the individual seen on the store video during the crime.

Burglary: The Shelton, Connecticut, Police Department responded to an after-the-fact residential burglary complaint in which a firearm and approximately $18,000 in jewelry were taken from the residence. Running a query in RISSProp a few days later, the agency located and recovered some of the jewelry (valued at $5,000) from a pawnshop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. An arrest warrant is pending for the subject, who resides in Derby, Connecticut.

Burglary: The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department (SPD) utilized RISSProp to solve a recent residential burglary. An elderly couple returned from vacation and discovered that their home had been broken into and ransacked. Prescription medication, passports, and various gold jewelry items were stolen. Within days, investigators linked suspicious transactions in RISSProp to a female subject, known to the SPD, and her boyfriend. The transactions occurred in Worcester, Massachusetts. Investigators had the victims identify their stolen property, valued at $4,000, and recovered it from the pawnshop. The lead detective wrote up his narrative report and stated, “The victim immediately identified the jewelry items as being hers and pointed out a necklace that her husband had given her on their wedding day. She began to cry as she realized that her deceased parents’ wedding rings had been found, since they were irreplaceable and were of great sentimental value to her.”

Burglary: The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a residential burglary and recover the 71-year-old female victim’s college class ring and numerous other pieces of gold and silver jewelry, valued at $8,500. Less than two weeks after the burglary occurred, a detective noticed a suspicious transaction at a local Southbridge pawnshop by using RISSProp, and the victim positively identified her stolen ring. The recovered ring was valued at $300. Further investigation via RISSProp showed that the same suspect had numerous additional recent suspicious sales of jewelry at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Detectives recovered 26 pieces of stolen jewelry, valued at $6,500, from this burglary. A suspect has been arrested on multiple felony charges and is awaiting trial.

Burglary: Detectives with the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a residential burglary by utilizing RISSProp. Two suspects were developed, and detectives linked them to the crime, after locating suspicious transactions at a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Approximately $1,250 in assorted jewelry items were recovered and returned to the victim. Both subjects were arrested on multiple felony charges.
Burglary: The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to recover a portion of stolen property taken during a residential burglary. Detectives matched the description of the items using the database and then recovered and returned $500 worth of silver bars and gold coins to the victim. A female suspect has been arrested.

Burglary: The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department; the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department; and the Connecticut State Police (Somers Resident State Trooper) utilized RISSProp to solve a series of multijurisdictional residential burglaries in which assorted gold and silver jewelry items, valued at $3,000, were recovered. The suspect had been convicted and sentenced to a year in prison in Massachusetts. At the conclusion of his sentence, he was remanded to Connecticut to stand trial for the Somers’ burglaries.

Burglary: The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department recovered approximately $1,800 worth of stolen rings by using RISSProp. The rings were stolen during a residential burglary in South Windsor, Connecticut, in August. One subject, who is a known gang member, was identified and charged with multiple felonies in both states.

Residential Burglaries: The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a series of five residential burglaries that had been committed in Springfield and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut. Utilizing RISSProp, it was determined that assorted jewelry and electronics, valued at $12,500, had been sold at area pawnshops. Two subjects were connected to the sale of the stolen property and numerous house break-ins in both states. The stolen property was recovered, and both subjects have been arrested and are incarcerated while awaiting trial.

Home Invasion: The Connecticut State Police–Troop L received a call to report a home invasion in Washington, Connecticut. The caller reported that the home invasion had occurred and involved two men wearing ski masks. The 84-year-old female owner of the residence was home at the time of the incident but did not sustain injuries. Miscellaneous jewelry, valued at $50,000, and electronic devices were some of the items stolen. The suspects severed the telephone line inside the residence, which prevented the victim from calling for assistance. Utilizing RISSProp, the detective trooper investigating the case located one of the stolen items of jewelry, which led to the identification of one of the suspects. Search warrants were secured for the house of the suspect’s mother and for the suspect’s vehicle. The search resulted in the seizure of several pieces of jewelry that matched the description of the victim’s jewelry. The suspect’s vehicle was seized. The investigation is ongoing, and attempts are being made to match the seized jewelry with that which was reported stolen. Arrests are anticipated in the near future.

Burglary/Theft: A detective with the Biddeford, Maine, Police Department was investigating the burglary of an apartment and the theft of a gaming console. After submitting a query in RISSProp, a hit was returned that provided the location of the stolen item at a local pawnshop. The detective was able to identify the individual, who later confessed to stealing it. In addition, the detective found–in RISSProp–that the same suspect had also sold multiple jewelry items that were not yet reported as being stolen. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had stolen the jewelry from his mother.

Theft: The Epping, New Hampshire, Police Department took a report of a theft at a local automobile dealership. Property stolen consisted of four specialty Chevrolet wheel rims, valued at $1,800. Pursuant to a query run in RISSProp by one of the officers, it was determined that property matching this description had been sold at a pawnshop in the town of Derry, New Hampshire. This property was later identified by the victim and recovered. A suspect was ultimately developed who worked at the victim’s business, and he was arrested and charged with larceny. The Derry Police Department assisted with the investigation.

Theft: The Berlin, Connecticut, Police Department received a theft report from a local machine shop. The owner of the business reported the loss of $50,000 in laptops and computerized tools used to make intricate mechanical pieces. An employee was identified as the suspect, and when a search was conducted in RISSProp, the suspect’s name and the related pawnshops were identified. The stolen property was recovered at two Connecticut pawnshops and has been returned to the victim. A warrant was issued and served for the arrest of the suspect.

Theft: The Kennebunk, Maine, Police Department investigated the reported theft of multiple items of jewelry from a local restaurant/inn. Through investigation, a suspect was developed and the name was queried in RISSProp; a hit was returned from a regional pawnshop. The items were recovered and the investigation continues, with charges expected.

Theft: A detective with the Biddeford, Maine, Police Department was reviewing RISSProp entries and noticed a Lewiston, Maine, resident selling property at a local Biddeford pawnshop. Further research in RISSProp located 110 transactions by one individual over the course of two days at two area pawnshops. The majority of these items were still in the shrink wrap. Additional investigation revealed that the suspect had shoplifted all of the 110 items at a South Portland, Maine, large retail store. The store video was compared against the pawnshop video, and the suspect and the items matched. The value of the stolen and subsequently recovered property was $9,000. The suspect was arrested.

Theft: An officer with the Brookline, New Hampshire, Police Department conducted a traffic stop and discovered a large amount of assorted jewelry in the trunk of a vehicle operated by a female. Pursuant to a search warrant, the officers conducted a further check of the jewelry. In addition, queries conducted in RISSProp revealed that the individual had sold large amounts of jewelry at pawnshops in the municipalities of Leominster, Massachusetts, and Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Though the jewelry located during the traffic stop had not been reported as stolen, the involved police departments attempted to link the individual with several reported thefts of jewelry from local residences. The located pawned jewelry had already been resold and was therefore not recovered. Investigation of this individual and the jewelry thefts remains pending, but RISSProp is the reason the officers now have a potential suspect and a record of jewelry being pawned.

Theft: The Oxford, Maine, Police Department was investigating the theft of multiple pieces of large yard care equipment from several dealers in its jurisdiction. The officers queried the missing property in RISSProp and received hits on the items from a pawnshop about an hour south of Oxford. The property has been recovered, and an arrest is pending.

Theft: The Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Police Department received the report of a theft from a local residence in which miscellaneous items of jewelry, valued at $500, had been stolen. A check of RISSProp revealed that an individual had sold property that matched the descriptions of the items stolen at a secondhand shop in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The suspect was identified as the grandson of the victim, and it became known that the suspect had a substance abuse problem. The property is currently being held by the shop. This investigation continues. It is anticipated that the suspect will ultimately be arrested and charged with theft, along with stolen property offenses. The Fitchburg Police Department is assisting with the investigation.

Stolen Property: The Seabrook, New Hampshire, Police Department assisted the York, Maine, Police Department with a stolen property case in the York municipality. Property stolen from a York residence consisted of assorted jewelry, valued at $2,000. A query of RISSProp by Seabrook police officers determined that items matching the description of those stolen had been pawned at a local Seabrook shop during the same time period. Identification was made, with much of the property being recovered. A suspect was developed and was ultimately arrested and charged with stolen property offenses. Maine authorities may bring additional charges against the individual regarding the theft.

Stolen Property: An officer with the Nashua, New Hampshire, Police Department conducted queries of RISSProp for the purpose of identifying suspicious transactions. Pursuant to the search, the officer noted multiple transactions that were completed by an individual who he had previously arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant issued by the Meredith, New Hampshire, Police Department (MPD). One of these transactions identified the suspect as pawning a 27-ton wood splitter, valued at $1,450, at a local Nashua shop and receiving $450 for it. The Nashua officer contacted the MPD to inquire whether any such items had been reported stolen from Meredith. It was determined that similar property had been reported stolen from the residence of the suspect’s father. The victim subsequently went to the Nashua secondhand shop and identified the property, which had been unlawfully removed from his property. The suspect later confessed to the theft, indicating that illicit drugs had been the motive. The suspect pled guilty to two counts of felony-level receipt of stolen property and was incarcerated. The MPD and Belknap County Department of Corrections assisted with the investigation.

Fraudulent Insurance Claim: A special investigator with MAPFRE Insurance utilized RISSProp to uncover a fraudulent insurance claim. A Massachusetts homeowner submitted a claim for a residential burglary, reporting approximately $30,000 in losses. The investigator used RISSProp to locate numerous recent suspicious transactions made by the homeowner at various pawnshops. These transactions were for the same types of items that had been reported stolen in the insurance claim. When confronted with this information, the homeowner immediately withdrew his claim, and the investigation has been referred to the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau for criminal investigation.

Fraud: An agent with the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts used RISSProp to develop probable cause that a renter had filed a false police report and a fraudulent insurance claim. A Springfield, Massachusetts, resident reported that his apartment had been broken into and his game console and 18 video games, valued at more than $1,100, had been stolen. Using RISSProp, the investigator determined that the person who filed the claim had actually sold those items at a Springfield store three days prior to filing the claim. The investigator secured a confession from the individual, and charges are pending.

Noncompliance: Detectives with the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to conduct a compliance check at a local jewelry store that had been mandated by ordinance to report all transactions electronically on a daily basis to the police department. Because of information received that this store was not complying with the law, an undercover officer approached the store owner with a watch for sale. The store owner offered him $250 for the watch and asked the undercover officer for identification. When the undercover officer stated that he did not have any identification, the store owner stated, “Then I can only give you $200 for it.” The transaction was completed, and the jeweler did not record the transaction in RISSProp or otherwise report the event to police officers. After approximately ten days, the store owner was confronted by detectives, after they had double-checked RISSProp for information. The store owner admitted to willfully violating the ordinance.

Shoplifting: The Amherst, New Hampshire, Police Department received a report of shoplifting that had occurred at a local big box retailer. The item stolen was a computer valued at $650. The only information available at the time of the report was a vehicle plate number, which had been obtained by a store employee. The plate came back as registered to a female individual who resided in Manchester, New Hampshire. A subsequent query of the stolen item in RISSProp indicated that it had been pawned at a shop in the nearby city of Nashua, New Hampshire. The property was recovered. Investigators working on the case soon arrested the individual who had pawned the stolen property and charged him with the theft. This individual was determined to reside in Manchester. The Nashua Police Department assisted with the investigation.

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