New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN)
Located in Franklin, Massachusetts
(508) 528-8200
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as Canada

NESPIN 2016 State Impact Sheets

 

Click on a NESPIN state below to download an Impact sheet:

 

Connecticut Massachusetts Maine
New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont

 

What Law Enforcement is Saying About NESPIN

 

“The NESPIN van is a great tool–one we hope to put to productive use again.”

—Detective Jordan Norton
Old Town, Maine, Police Department

“The RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) database allowed us to complete our investigation and recover property; it provided us with important and essential information that other database inquiries could not.”

—Detective Chad Syphers
Auburn, Maine, Police Department

“Thank you for your recent assistance in identifying impostors associated with the ‘Lucas’ heroin distribution group (female 2 and a male suspect, another impostor). We executed a search warrant this morning and recovered more than 200 grams of heroin and a bundle of cash. We were able to arrest four members of this group today in Malden and Medford, Massachusetts.”

—Sergeant Brian McManus
Woburn, Massachusetts, Police Department

“We would not have been able to locate the stolen property and resolve this case without the help of NESPIN and RISSProp.”

—Officer Dennis Mailman
Sabattus, Maine, Police Department

“Using the intel and surveillance, probable cause for four search warrants and two arrest warrants was eventually established. The subjects, both convicted felons and one with a previous arrest for murder, were later arrested on active narcotics warrants. Two individuals present during the executions of the search warrants were also arrested. Again, thank you for always coming through.”

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

“Every single service NESPIN provided to us resulted in a tremendous benefit in solving this crime. I will definitely be using NESPIN in future investigations.”

—Detective Robert Hanson
Amtrak, Massachusetts, Police Department

“NESPIN and the RISSProp database were essential to this investigation. It allowed us to quickly identify the suspect and recover the property. It is a great resource.”

—Detective Mark Dorval
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Police Department

“NESPIN and RISSProp were absolutely crucial to the success of this case investigation. Having the database available to us made it possible to quickly recover the stolen items before they were sold and to make a solid case for prosecution. Thank you for your valuable assistance.”

—Detective Mark Dorval
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Police Department

“Without the assistance of NESPIN/RISSProp, this case would never have been solved. The property was recovered and returned to the victims.”

—Detective George Taylor
Westport, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The NESPIN analysis allowed us to prove our case and was absolutely crucial to its success.”

—Detective Sergeant Maurice Drouin
Androscoggin, Maine, Sheriff’s Department

“RISSProp gave us the crucial information to make this case and recover the stolen property. The system worked perfectly for us.”

—Detective Paul Cox
Windham, Maine, Police Department

“RISSProp, once again, proved to be an invaluable tool for us.”

—Detective Paul Cox
Windham, Maine, Police Department

“This system is great. You made a believer out of me!”

—Detective Al Young
Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department

“My department would like to thank NESPIN for the equipment. The Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle tracker was very helpful.”

—Officer Christopher Peebles
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The NESPIN van was crucial to the successful completion of this case.”

—Sergeant William Bonney
Waterville, Maine, Police Department

“The NESPIN van worked out great. It allowed us to gather information about prostitution activity and led to the safe removal of a human trafficking victim from the premises.”

—Sergeant William Bonney
Waterville, Maine, Police Department

“The victim in this case cried for joy when I returned his ring to him.”

—Detective Michael Gingerelli
Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The NESPIN surveillance van was extremely helpful to our investigations. It enabled us to gather important intelligence for future arrests.”

—Chief Heidi Wilcox
Wilton, Maine, Police Department

“If it weren’t for NESPIN providing the pole camera, we would never have caught the guy and seized the evidence. We are at the federal level with this case because of the pole camera that was on loan to us from NESPIN.”

—Detective David Phillips
Townsend, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Without the NESPIN resource and the information, photos, and data contained within the NESPIN database, my investigation would have been much more difficult and may not have resulted in criminal charges. This series of events is evidence that NESPIN and the employees at NESPIN are invaluable resources to the law enforcement community. Thanks to NESPIN and their team.”

—Detective James Godino
Sherborn, Massachusetts, Police Department

“If it were not for the RISSProp [RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System] database, this case would not have been solved.”

—Detective Dennis McKenney
Duxbury, Massachusetts, Police Department

“The RISSProp database is a great asset and, without a doubt, led detectives to solving this case.”

—Detective George Driscoll
Plymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Without your [NESPIN intelligence research staff] assistance, we would still be looking. As I have said many times, you are our best intelligence source. For all of the work that you have done, thank you very much.”

—Inspector Steve Springer
Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office

“Everything we needed was right there in RISSProp–photos of his driver’s license and the coins.”

—Sergeant Robert Forte
Hubbardston, Massachusetts, Police Department

“Based on information provided by the specialist, I was able to locate the subject, interview him, and gather enough information to reinterview the suspect in a fire involving a severe burn injury. Because of the new information gathered, the suspect admitted to intentionally setting a fire that caused permanent disfigurement to the victim. The suspect will now be charged with felony assault and battery resulting from criminal negligence.”

—Deputy Manning
Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office

NESPIN 2016 Success Stories

 

Analytical Services
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash:The Androscoggin, Maine, Sheriff’s Department was investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident in which a suspected distracted operator struck and killed a pedestrian and left the scene. The agency contacted the NESPIN analytical staff to request an analysis of the operator’s cell phone records. The NESPIN staff was able to plot the geographic locations of the suspect prior to and at the time of the incident. This information showed that the suspect was at the incident location and thereby enabled the investigators to charge the individual.
Digital Forensics Services
Narcotics:When the Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department was contacted by an individual for assistance in getting into his locked vehicle, the officer noticed heroin, Narcan, pills, and needles in plain view inside the vehicle. The man was arrested and a search warrant was issued for his phone. The NESPIN digital forensics staff extracted all information pertaining to the sale of heroin, including the call logs, contacts, text messages, voicemails, pictures, and videos. There were several messages of possible evidentiary significance with references to heroin. Six digital video disks were provided to the department to review. The suspect pled guilty.
Narcotics: The Whately, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with other agencies, served a warrant to conduct a search of a commercial building. Items seized included 171 marijuana plants, hashish oil/resin, mushrooms, cocaine, hashish manufacturing tools, instruments, cultivation equipment, hashish-coated candies, 5 to 6 pounds of refined marijuana, four cell phones, a computer, and a 2004 Honda van. The four cell phones were forensically analyzed by the NESPIN digital forensics staff, and all of the data was downloaded to digital video disks (DVDs). Recently, there was a motion to suppress evidence that turned into a guilty plea by the defendant, on charges of possession with intent to distribute a Class D (marijuana) substance, possession with intent to distribute a Class B (cocaine) substance, and possession with intent to distribute a Class C (hashish) substance. The suspect received two years of probation.
Narcotics: The Holliston, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized mobile digital forensics to analyze a cell phone regarding the sale of drugs to high school students. The NESPIN digital forensics staff analyzed the defendant’s cell phone. This case focused mainly on the distribution of drugs within a high school. As a result of the search, approximately 30 students were identified as purchasers of the illegal drugs. Once these students were identified, parents were notified of their activity and were allowed to handle the matter within the family. The defendant is still awaiting trial on a variety of criminal charges related to this investigation. Without the assistance of NESPIN, this investigation would not have been possible.
Malicious Destruction of Property: The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized mobile digital forensics to analyze a suspect’s cell phone. The suspect was arrested with two coconspirators for shooting a BB from a BB gun through a house window. The suspect possibly used his cell phone to get driving directions to the victim’s house. It was also possible that multiple text messages had been sent between the coconspirators containing photos and videos of the crimes they committed. Data from the suspect’s and the coconspirators’ phones were analyzed by the NESPIN staff. All relevant data from the cell phones, including Global Positioning System (GPS) locations, photos, videos, and text messages, were downloaded to a DVD for the detective. The extraction of information from all three cell phones was successful. There was one particular text message of possible evidentiary significance.
Equipment Services
Possible Morals Offense:The Damariscotta, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN game camera to conduct surveillance of an outdoor public area where women’s underwear had been left on multiple occasions. The police officers had been concerned that these incidents might have been connected to some form of unknown sexual offenses. Information obtained led to an identification of the person involved, and the case was then closed by investigators.
Warrant Arrest:The Old Town, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of suspected drug activity. Observation was made of an individual who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, and an arrest was made.
Narcotics:The Old Town, Maine, Police Department and Maine Drug Enforcement agents used a NESPIN van to observe an apartment building to confirm intelligence information regarding drug activity. Intelligence gathered was used to obtain search warrants, which led to three arrests for methamphetamine production.
Narcotics:The Milford, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with the Bellingham, Massachusetts, Police Department; the Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Police Department; the Hopedale, Massachusetts, Police Department; the Northbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, borrowed a NESPIN surveillance van that contributed to the success of a heroin distribution investigation. The surveillance van assisted investigators in monitoring numerous drug transactions from suspects making hand-to-hand buys. The investigation culminated with the arrests of 11 individuals on various felony narcotics violations, including trafficking in heroin, distributing Class A, possession of Class A, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. These individuals were also charged with possession of Class D, Class B, and Class E. Items seized included $7,752 in U.S. currency; four vehicles, valued at $25,000; seven cell phones, valued at $2,750; 10 grams of cocaine, valued at $1,000; 200 grams of heroin, valued at $20,000; ½ ounce of marijuana, valued at $45; and miscellaneous drug scales and packaging material.
Narcotics:The Eastham, Massachusetts, Police Department received information that two suspects were involved in illegal narcotics and requested the use of NESPIN surveillance equipment. Search warrants were obtained to utilize a NESPIN GPS unit. Because of information gathered from the use of the GPS, along with other intelligence, search warrants were obtained for two residences in the Truro/Provincetown, Massachusetts, area. As a result, two subjects were placed under arrest for narcotics violations.
Narcotics:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a drug suspect. After observing suspicious behavior, the suspect was searched and illegal drugs were found, placing him in violation of his probation. An arrest was made for probation violation and possession.
Narcotics:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a suspected drug dealer. Observations made allowed a search of the suspect, who was then arrested on charges of possession and a probation violation.
Narcotics:The Pepperell, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed a pole camera to aid in a narcotics investigation. The camera was used to conduct surveillance of the home of a person suspected of dealing heroin. The investigation culminated with the arrest of the suspect and the seizures of 17 grams of heroin, valued at $1,700; $1,500 in U.S. currency; and a firearm, valued at $500. The individual was charged with distributing a Class A substance, possession of a Class A substance, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and the commission of a felony while armed.
Narcotics:NESPIN surveillance equipment contributed to the success of a six-month narcotics investigation conducted by the Southwick, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with the Westfield, Massachusetts, Police Department; the Eastern Hampden County, Massachusetts, Narcotics Task Force; and the DEA Tactical Diversion Unit. The surveillance equipment assisted investigators in identifying two individuals who were suspected of distributing cocaine and oxycodone. The investigation culminated with the arrests of two individuals on various narcotics charges, including trafficking in opium, conspiracy to violate a drug law, and distributing a Class B drug. Items seized included $5,532 in U.S. currency, more than 100 grams of cocaine, valued at $7,500; more than 600 oxycodone pills, valued at $18,000; and miscellaneous cell phones and drug packaging material, with an unknown value.
Narcotics:A NESPIN surveillance van was loaned to the Salisbury, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with the Massachusetts State Police and the DEA, to conduct surveillance. The van contributed to the success of a long-term and extensive multiagency investigation involving a large cocaine distribution network throughout the Greater Salisbury, Newburyport, and Seabrook, New Hampshire, area. The subject in this case had been identified as the source providing wholesale amounts of cocaine throughout the region. After confidential informants were used to make several controlled buys, a search warrant was executed at the home of the subject, resulting in an arrest on various narcotics violations. Seizures included 10.270 grams of cocaine, valued at $500; 1.2 pounds of marijuana, valued at $1,200; two vehicles, valued at $32,000; and one shotgun, valued at $100. The subject was charged with various narcotics violations, illegally owning a firearm, and being a fugitive from justice in New Hampshire.
Narcotics:The Salisbury, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed a NESPIN surveillance van to aid in a narcotics distribution investigation that began after several neighbors made anonymous tips to the police department about obvious drug and narcotics activity taking place at a residence at all hours of the day and night. Using information gained from a confidential informant, a plan was in place to execute a search warrant and enter the residence while the targets were lured out of the residence and safely detained. During the search of the residence, officers located several drug-related items indicating that narcotics were being cooked, packaged, and sold out of the apartment. There were many indicators that narcotics were being snorted and ingested. Items seized were 1.43 grams of heroin, .5 grams of crack cocaine, 1 gram of cocaine residue, $420 in U.S. currency, and miscellaneous packing supplies and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were charged with possession of Class A substance, possession of Class B substance, possession to distribute Class B substance, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Narcotics:The Norton, Massachusetts, Police Department, working in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police; the Taunton, Massachusetts, Police Department; and the Northern Bristol County, Massachusetts, Drug Task Force, borrowed surveillance equipment from the NESPIN equipment staff for a narcotics investigation. A suspected drug dealer was under surveillance for possibly dealing heroin to a fatal overdose victim in Berkley, Massachusetts. The case is currently involved in the grand jury.
Narcotics:The Townsend, Massachusetts, Police Department opened a narcotics distribution case and requested a pole camera from the NESPIN equipment staff. The lead investigator on this case advised a NESPIN field representative that one suspect had been arrested and that as a result of the arrest, a search warrant had been issued and an undisclosed amount of illegal narcotics had been seized, along with $150,000 in U.S. currency. This case has now developed into a multijurisdictional investigation, with several potential additional suspects under investigation. The investigator advised that this case started at the local level and has now developed into a federal drug trafficking case. Investigators believe that more arrests and seizures of currency and narcotics are imminent.
Narcotics:The Ludlow, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Eastern Hampden County, Massachusetts, Narcotics Task Force utilized surveillance equipment from the NESPIN equipment staff, which contributed
to the success of a narcotics investigation. The equipment was used in response to numerous tips regarding
hand-to-hand transactions of an individual within the neighborhood and assisted investigators in monitoring the suspect’s home. Based on sufficient probable cause, a search warrant was issued and executed, resulting in entry into the residence. The investigation culminated with the arrests of three individuals on various charges, including narcotics, possession of a Class A substance, and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, and one individual was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Items seized included 1 bag of marijuana, valued at $50; 16 bags of heroin, valued at $180; and $291 in U.S. currency.
Narcotic Trafficking:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a suspected drug dealer for a controlled buy. The surveillance justified a search warrant and resulted in the seizure of illegal pills and three arrests.
Narcotic Trafficking:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a drug suspect. The information gathered was used to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. Seizures included large quantities of illegal drugs and more than $11,000 in U.S. currency.
Narcotic Trafficking:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van during a drug trafficking investigation to obtain probable cause for a search warrant. Information was obtained and a warrant was executed. Large quantities of heroin were seized, along with evidence tying the suspect to numerous unsolved camp burglaries.
Narcotic Trafficking:The Waterville, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct multiple surveillances of drug activity and undercover buys. Observations were utilized to justify probable cause for warrants. Three arrests have been made, and $32,000 in U.S. currency was seized.
Drug Trafficking:Investigators with the Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a major drug trafficking suspect. The information obtained through surveillance was used to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, in which large quantities of heroin, cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana (with a combined street value of approximately $47,000) were seized, along with $36,000 in cash and several motor vehicles.
Destruction of Property:The Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed a pole camera from the NESPIN equipment staff to aid in an investigation involving destruction of property and violation of a restraining order. The suspect was harassing his ex-wife and new boyfriend by continuously throwing screws on a road that the ex-wife lived on, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to her tires and other residents’ tires. The use of the pole camera resulted in the evidence that was needed to make an arrest.
Vandalism:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of an urban area because of multiple incidents of vandalism. As a result, two juveniles were apprehended.
Arson:The Barrington, Rhode Island, Police Department borrowed surveillance equipment for an arson investigation involving multiple intentionally set brush fires. An individual admitted to setting four brush fires and was charged with four counts of sixth-degree arson, carrying a firearm without a permit, and carrying weapons other than firearms. Seizures included a .45 pistol, a stun gun, and two knives.
Gang Activity:The Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed a NESPIN surveillance van to monitor gang activity, which allowed the officers to observe the characteristics of an armed gunman. This led to an arrest and the seizure of a 9mm firearm. The van was also used to identify and collect intelligence on another gang. Other surveillance using the van resulted in the arrests of suspects for parole violations, furnishing alcohol to minors, open container in a motor vehicle, minor transporting alcohol, and minor in possession of alcohol.
Prostitution:The Hanover, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed NESPIN surveillance equipment to aid in a prostitution investigation. The police department had received several complaints regarding a massage parlor in town. Using the equipment, an undercover officer was sent into the business twice. During the second visit, he was propositioned for sex for a fee. An arrest was made and charges are pending in the Hingham District Court.
Prostitution:The Somerset County, Maine, Sheriff’s Department utilized a NESPIN van during a sting operation investigating prostitution. Observations made enabled the arrests of four individuals for engaging a prostitute.
Prostitution:The Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed surveillance equipment to use in a prostitution sting at a local hotel. Hotel management cooperated with the Tewksbury police officers in an effort to deter this activity in the future. With assistance from the Andover, Massachusetts, and Methuen, Massachusetts, Police Departments, a plan was developed to post an advertisement on a specific website to locate individuals who were seeking prostitution. Once a plan was in place, detectives met at the hotel to set up surveillance in an adjoining room to the room referenced on the website. An undercover detective fielded phone calls and greeted the individuals who were responding to the ad. An arrest team was in place, and once the undercover detective advised them that the subject had agreed to a sexual act for a fee, he was arrested. The sting culminated in the arrests of five individuals, who were charged with sexual conduct for a fee. Seized for the purpose of civil forfeiture was $414 to be used to obtain an illegal sexual act.
Human Trafficking/Prostitution:Investigators with the Waterville, Maine, Police Department utilized a NESPIN van to conduct surveillance of a suspected site of prostitution activity. Observations made were used to secure the safe extraction of one female who was the victim of human trafficking. Multiple arrests are pending. The sergeant commented, “The NESPIN van worked great; it allowed us to gather information about prostitution activity and led to the safe removal of a human trafficking victim from the premises.”
Sex Offender:The Andover, New Hampshire, Police Department requested the use of a GPS vehicle tracker to aid in an investigation concerning a registered sex offender. The GPS was placed on his vehicle to help track his location to determine when and how often he was home and where and how often he stayed elsewhere. There has been no arrest at this time, as the case needs to be reviewed by the County Attorney’s office for charges.
Sex Offender:The Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Police Department requested the use of a pole camera to aid in an investigation involving a Level III sex offender who had failed to register. The pole camera was utilized to show noncompliance by the subject and resulted in his arrest.
Corruption:The Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department requested the use of NESPIN surveillance equipment to aid in an internal anticorruption investigation. A suspect was identified, and criminal charges have been filed.
Falsification:The Guilford, Connecticut, Police Department utilized a NESPIN surveillance van for a reported burglary/hate crime. The victim, who is a member of the Coast Guard and living in Coast Guard housing, reported numerous burglaries, with hate speech left on walls and vehicles. The victim also reported being targeted as an African American with hate speech on social media. After utilizing the surveillance equipment, it was determined that no entry was made and the victim was falsely reporting the incidents. An arrest warrant has been submitted for the false victim.
Armed Robbery:The Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department borrowed a NESPIN surveillance van to aid in an investigation involving a series of violent armed robberies. A task force was formed and a surveillance van was utilized to photograph and identify occupants at two residences in question. All of the eight robberies took place at specific addresses in Boston. The victims of the robberies were lured by an online profile that fit the description of “catfishing,” a deceptive activity in which a false social network account is set up for criminal purposes. When the victims arrived at one of these locations, they were approached by a man with a handgun and robbed. The suspect was apprehended by virtue of an arrest warrant for armed robbery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and threats to commit a crime.
Suspicion of a Bug:The Wayland, Massachusetts, Police Department requested the use of NESPIN surveillance equipment to aid in an investigation. A resident had complained that she felt that her car had been bugged, as information from conversations held only in the car were spread throughout town. Assistance was requested and equipment was utilized to determine whether a “bug” was inside of her vehicle. No bugs were found, and the equipment was returned to NESPIN.
Stalking/Harassment:The Palmer, Massachusetts, Police Department used a NESPIN covert camera system to investigate the stalking and harassment of a local teacher. By using the NESPIN equipment, the detectives identified the perpetrator. The case was handled administratively by the school department, and no criminal charges were filed. The officers were grateful for the use of the NESPIN equipment to resolve this case.
Equipment Services/RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp)
Breaking and Entering (B&E):Surveillance equipment on loan from NESPIN contributed to the success of an investigation regarding an individual who was suspected of numerous break-ins to area homes and businesses. The investigation was conducted by the Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with the Sheffield and the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Police Departments and the Massachusetts Crime Scene Services. The surveillance equipment assisted officers in monitoring the daily activities of the target. The investigation culminated with the arrest of the suspect, who was charged with five counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony and six counts of felony larceny over $250. More than $10,000 worth of tools were stolen–some identified through RISSProp–along with more than $5,000 in copper and more than $1,000 in miscellaneous items.
Intelligence Research Services
Narcotics:Following the most recent “Identifying Impostors” training class held at NESPIN, a sergeant with the Woburn, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted NESPIN on a possible impostor case (someone who is using a Puerto Rican social security number [SSN]). He requested assistance in determining whether female 1 was actually female 2. She and the father of her children employed runners with Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and several aliases to rent apartments in their heroin distribution ring. The NESPIN intelligence research staff located a Florida identification card issued in 2014 with a picture of a woman named female 2, based on the SSN from Puerto Rico. The NESPIN staff requested an identifying photo of female 2 with the same SSN from the Puerto Rico Fusion Center. Once the NESPIN staff had the Puerto Rico driver’s license photo, it was determined that the woman in Puerto Rico and in Florida were the same one. Female 2 in Massachusetts was the impostor. The NESPIN staff also provided other public database and social media research on the female and the father of her children, as well as for another male impostor. The sergeant stated, “Thank you for your recent assistance in identifying impostors associated with the ‘Lucas’ heroin distribution group (female 2 and a male suspect, another impostor). We executed a search warrant this morning and recovered more than 200 grams of heroin and a bundle of cash. We were able to arrest four members of this group today in Malden and Medford.” Multiple search warrants were executed in apartment buildings in three towns by the North Suburban Middlesex, Massachusetts, Drug Task Force in which the Woburn, Malden, Belmont, and Watertown Police Departments assisted.
Narcotics:A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request information on several targets (including two brothers) and addresses believed to be involved in heroin sales at a housing project. The NESPIN staff provided background data, dates of birth, relatives, criminal histories, and information on addresses to the detective. He stated, “Using the intel and surveillance, probable cause for four search warrants and two arrest warrants was eventually established. The subjects, both convicted felons and one with a previous arrest for murder, were later arrested on active narcotics warrants. Two individuals present during the executions of the search warrants were also arrested. The first warrant execution yielded 18 bags of heroin, valued at $180; $410 in cash; a 2004 Volvo, valued at $6,000; one assault rifle; two stolen pistols; two unregistered pistols; ammunition; and high-capacity magazines. Also found in that apartment were packaging and stamping devices that were used to mark the heroin. Those stamps were the same stamps used to mark heroin that was purchased under controlled circumstances during the investigation. The second warrant execution yielded 467 bags of heroin, valued at $4,670; 1 gram of crack cocaine, valued at $100; various prescription pills; digital scales; packaging materials; $611 in cash; and a 1999 Volvo, valued at $4,000. The third warrant execution yielded one individual on federal parole for a previous narcotics conviction who was found to be in possession of 30 bags of heroin, valued at $300, and $515 in cash. A federal detainer was placed on him by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The fourth search warrant execution yielded no contraband and no arrests. The intelligence provided by the NESPIN staff was very instrumental in obtaining the search warrants.”
Narcotics:A detective with the Kennebec County, Maine, Sheriff’s Office contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff for assistance in determining the true identity of a heroin trafficker. He had only social media names and a possible first name. Through research on social media, on an Internet search engine, and various other sources, the NESPIN staff determined the suspect’s true first name, date of birth, and current address. The detective was very appreciative of the time spent to find the amount of information provided to him on this suspect. He said he could not determine the true name of the suspect and knew that NESPIN could do it.
Bank Robbery:A detective with the Wallingford, Connecticut, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in locating a current address on a bank robbery suspect. He stated, “I am currently investigating a bank robbery case in which a suspect has been developed. I was having trouble locating the home of this suspect. He is in and out of prison and is very transient when he is not incarcerated. I learned that the suspect had bought a new car. The car was registered under my suspect’s name but used a bogus address. I was hoping the car dealership that sold him the car might have more information on him, specifically an accurate address. The problem was that I didn’t know where he bought the car. The intelligence staff at NESPIN has saved me plenty of times before in instances like this, so I asked them for help again. I provided the intelligence staff with the vehicle’s VIN number and the name of the registered owner. Shortly thereafter, the NESPIN staff provided me with a history of the car, which showed me the name of the dealership where the vehicle was purchased. Staff also provided a full comprehensive report and other pertinent information on the suspect. A detective went to the car dealership and obtained an updated address on our suspect, which helped provide us with the probable cause to obtain a search-and-seizure warrant for the suspect’s home.”
Home Invasion/Attempted Homicide/Rape:An investigator with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, in Manchester, New Hampshire, contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in locating a doctor in an upcoming trial. The investigator had exhausted every means to locate the doctor/witness. The NESPIN staff provided information on the doctor, who had moved to Illinois. The investigator stated, “I wanted to take a moment to thank you for specialist’s assistance in locating an important witness in our case. This was an attempted murder, rape, and home invasion that had occurred in Bedford, New Hampshire. The victims were a doctor and his wife. The defendant brutally raped and sodomized her and severely beat them both, leaving them for dead. She couldn’t handle the ordeal and later committed suicide.”
Theft:The University of Maine Police Department was reviewing an entry contained in the weekly NESPIN crime bulletin and recognized a theft suspect from an included photo. This led to the identification of the suspect, the recovery of stolen credit cards, and a subsequent arrest.
Identity Theft:A detective with the Plymouth, New Hampshire, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with identifying a suspect in an identity fraud case. The detective provided the possible name and relatives of the suspect based on social media information. She did not have his real name or date of birth. The NESPIN staff provided the suspect’s true identity and date of birth, based on booking photos discovered from Florida and a current address. The detective used the information to further her investigation.
Identity Theft/Heroin Distribution:A detective with the Duxbury, Massachusetts, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in acquiring a Puerto Rico driver’s license photo and other information on a suspect who was dealing heroin. The detective thought that his suspect was using the identity of a Puerto Rican national. The NESPIN staff provided the driver’s license photo and social media information on the “real” person. As a result, the suspect was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin, fraudulent Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles documents and possession with the intent to distribute in a school zone. The detective stated, “As always, thanks for your assistance.”
Heroin Sales:A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in determining who resided at a specific address. He stated, “The specialist was able to provide information on a particular address, confirming that the target of the investigation resided there. Using that information and surveillance, probable cause for search and arrest warrants was established. The target was arrested, along with two coconspirators, who were in the middle of bagging heroin and counting cash drug proceeds. Seizures included 43.1 grams of heroin, valued at $4,310; 11 bags of cocaine (or 9.8 grams), valued at $784); 7 bags of crack cocaine (or 3.1 grams), valued at $248; $4,364 in U.S. currency; and a loaded .22-caliber revolver. Three arrests were made. The main target was charged with two counts of the sale of narcotics, two counts of the sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug factory, conspiracy, criminal possession of a handgun, and criminal possession of ammunition. The other two arrestees were charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug factory, and conspiracy. When we smashed open the door, they were sitting right there, bagging and counting cash. They screamed and threw the cash in the air. More than $4,000 in small bills thrown in the air looked like a million dollars!”
Heroin/Cocaine Sales:A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance with information for an address regarding a heroin and cocaine sales case. He stated, “The specialist was able to provide resident information on an address. A name appearing on the resident list was the registered owner of the vehicles used by one of the targets in the investigation to deliver narcotics. Using that information and surveillance, the address was confirmed to be the residence of that target. Probable cause for search and arrest warrants was established. Two targets were eventually arrested. Items seized included two vehicles–a 1999 Dodge pickup, valued at $2,000, and a 2004 GMC sport-utility vehicle, valued at $3,500–along with 12 grams of cocaine, valued at $120, and a stolen
.380 handgun, valued at $400. The handgun was located in the residence of one target who, when fingerprinted, was found to be a fugitive from Delaware, wanted on narcotics and weapons charges. He was also illegally present in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. The Wanted Person teletype noted that he was considered armed and dangerous. Delaware is willing to extradite him. He was charged with the sale of narcotics, the sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a daycare, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a daycare, criminal possession of a handgun, criminal possession of ammunition, theft of a firearm, and fugitive from justice. The other target was charged with the sale of narcotics and the sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a daycare. As always, thanks again for your assistance in filling in the pieces of the puzzle.”
Harassment/Threatening Phone Calls:A detective with the Lincoln, Rhode Island, Police Department contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in identifying the subscriber of a phone number in a harassment case. Officers were dispatched to an insurance company’s address to investigate the reports of four threatening voicemails. The detective assigned to the case indicated that he had requested the assistance of NESPIN to get information on the aforementioned phone number. A short time later, an address and name were provided for the possible suspect who was living in Indianapolis, Indiana. The local authorities were contacted and made aware of the threatening messages. They were immediately familiar with the suspect since he had also made harassing phone calls to them. The suspect was located and sent for a psychiatric evaluation. The local insurance agency was also notified about the suspect. The detective was appreciative of the information, which cleared his case.
Arson:The Rhode Island Division of State Fire Marshal contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request additional information for a name and cell phone number in an arson investigation. The deputy had little information to go on, including an incorrect last name and a cell phone number. Based on information provided by the NESPIN staff, the deputy located the subject, interviewed him, and gathered enough information to reinterview the suspect in a fire involving a severe burn injury. Because of the new information gathered, the suspect admitted to intentionally setting a fire that caused permanent disfigurement to the victim. The suspect will be charged with felony assault and battery resulting from criminal negligence.
Fugitive Locate:An inspector with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to assist in locating a fugitive in a racketeering case. The office was asked by the Cobb County, Georgia, District Attorney’s Office to assist in the location and apprehension of a wanted subject. The subject had fled its jurisdiction and was wanted on a warrant, to be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The subject’s address at a trailer park in Pawtucket,
Rhode Island, was provided. The Pawtucket Police Department was notified and determined that the subject was not currently associated with the trailer park. When the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office contacted NESPIN, the NESPIN staff provided a location on an avenue in Pawtucket. The new address, previously unknown to the Georgia authorities, was being used by the suspect, and he was apprehended.
Suspect Identity:A detective trooper with the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request information on a particular address, using a suspect’s first name. The trooper was trying to identify his suspect in a prescription narcotics sales case. The NESPIN staff provided resident information on an address in an effort to identify the suspect known only initially by a first name. A name appearing on the resident list confirmed the true name of the suspect. Controlled purchases of prescription narcotics were made. Probable cause for a search warrant was established. Upon execution of the warrant, the target was arrested. Items seized in this investigation included almost 400 prescription pills, including OxyContin, codeine, and Seroquel, valued at $10,000; one .40-caliber pistol with 7 rounds, valued at $500; one .357 revolver with 15 rounds, valued at $500; one
.22-caliber rifle, valued at $700; one .40-caliber pistol with 58 rounds, valued at $500; one .22-caliber revolver, valued at $300; one 9mm pistol with 7 rounds, valued at $400; one .45-caliber pistol with
17 rounds, valued at $500; one 9mm pistol with 10 rounds, valued at $400; one 12-gauge shotgun, valued at $600; one .30-caliber military-style carbine, valued at $1,500; dozens of rounds of ammunition of different calibers; and $797 in cash.
Mobile Forensics Services
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Suspension:The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized the NESPIN mobile forensics to analyze a cell phone. The suspect alleged to have driven her vehicle while her license was under suspension for OUI. The video of the alleged incident was located. According to the detective, “She was captured on video driving her car.”
RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System (RISSafe)
Deconfliction:A NESPIN policy board member who is also a chief of police authored an article regarding the benefits of police agencies utilizing event deconfliction for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association quarterly magazine. This magazine is delivered to each of the 351 municipal chiefs of police in Massachusetts and to numerous other law enforcement professionals. The Brookline, Massachusetts, Police Department requested RISSafe training for approximately 20 of its officers to initiate the use of this important officer safety tool. Subsequent to the training, a NESPIN field representative was advised by the commanding officer of the Brookline Detective Bureau that the article that the chief authored was the catalyst for the city of Brookline to begin using RISSafe.
RISSProp
Theft:The Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department detectives assigned to the South Boston District solved a larceny from a residence using RISSProp. A suspect was found to have pawned two commemorative silver dollars at a local pawnshop. These items, valued at $600, were recovered, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies.
Theft:The Shelton, Connecticut, Police Department received a complaint of a stolen backpack blower that was taken from a landscaper’s truck, valued at $540. Utilizing RISSProp, the officers located the blower at an area pawnshop and identified a suspect. A warrant is pending.
Theft:The Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department began investigating the larceny of a substantial amount of jewelry from a residence. By using RISSProp, a detective quickly determined that a 43-year-old female had been in the home a few days beforehand, while her young child and the victim’s young child were having a playdate after school. It was determined that $25,000 worth of gold bracelets, diamond earrings, and an expensive watch had been sold at a Springfield, Massachusetts, jewelry shop. In addition, $180 was taken from the piggy bank of the victim’s child. All of the items were recovered and returned to the victims. The female suspect, who had no previous criminal complaints or arrests, was summoned to district court for multiple felony charges.
Theft:The Sabattus, Maine, Police Department was investigating a reported theft of rings from a local residence. The missing items were queried in RISSProp, and a hit was received from an area pawnshop. One of the rings was recovered and returned to the owner.
Theft:The Nashua, New Hampshire, Police Department assisted the Winthrop, Massachusetts, Police Department with the investigation of a theft of jewelry and other property valued in excess of $90,000 from a Winthrop residence. Information received indicated that a suspect in the case had sold several of the items at a Nashua-area pawnshop. Details of these transactions were confirmed via queries made in RISSProp. Pursuant to the investigation, the Nashua Police Department obtained an arrest warrant and took the suspect into custody without incident. The charges included four counts of felony receipt of stolen property and one count of misdemeanor receipt of stolen property. The suspect was arraigned on these charges. The court proceedings remain pending.
Theft:A NESPIN field representative trained an Amtrak police detective on the available RISS/NESPIN services. During the training, there was a discussion regarding ongoing random thefts from a Meriden, Connecticut, rail yard that resulted in the loss of 14 commercial track batteries valued at $5,500. The detective requested a NESPIN GPS/RF tracking system and a surveillance camera to assist with these larcenies. The first night the equipment was deployed, the detective received an electronic message that the GPS tracker, which he had concealed in a battery, had begun moving. Local police officers were notified, and they observed two subjects stealing numerous commercial batteries, including the battery with the GPS tracking device, near the edge of the rail yard. Both suspects were apprehended after a foot chase and a motor vehicle stop. They were both charged with multiple felonies. During the course of the follow-up investigation, the Amtrak detective identified a third suspect involved who will be the subject of an arrest warrant. In addition, the Amtrak detective used the RISSProp database to determine that two of the subjects arrested had recently sold several of the stolen batteries at a New Haven, Connecticut, vendor. The Amtrak detective was very appreciative of the assistance provided by NESPIN, stating, “Every single service NESPIN provided to us resulted in a tremendous benefit in solving this crime. I will definitely be using NESPIN in future investigations.”
Theft:An officer of the Campton, New Hampshire, Police Department was reviewing sales made by Campton residents in RISSProp when he noted the sale of two kayaks at a pawnshop in nearby Tilton, New Hampshire. Though no similar thefts had been reported, the officer contacted a potential victim, who indicated that he had lost these kayaks during a theft at a storage locker. A suspect was later arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. The case remains pending. The two kayaks were subsequently recovered.
Theft:The Nashua, New Hampshire, Police Department initiated an investigation into a group of individuals believed to be responsible for thefts from local retailers. The cumulative loss, involving all types of property, was estimated to be tens of thousands of dollars. During the course of the investigation, six individuals were arrested on numerous charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Following these arrests, investigators began to focus on two local pawnshops that were suspected of purchasing large amounts of the listed stolen property. The subsequent execution of a search warrant at the residence of one pawnshop owner yielded more than $60,000 worth of stolen merchandise throughout the home. Property seized matched the descriptions of the items that had been reported as stolen, which were sold to the pawnshop by the suspects. These transactions, totaling in the hundreds, had not been reported to RISSProp. Further investigation disclosed that the aforementioned six individuals had sold 438 stolen items to the other pawnshop. These transactions had been reported to RISSProp. RISSProp, regularly utilized by the Nashua Police Department for reporting city pawn data, was instrumental to this investigation. All nine suspects, including the three pawnshop owners, were charged with felony receipt of stolen property and are at various locations throughout the court process. In addition, the two pawnshops targeted as part of this investigation were closed by the city of Nashua.
Theft:The Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Police Department was investigating the theft of four pieces of jewelry from a local residence. A suspect’s name was developed as being the person who had been dog sitting at the residence. Her name was entered into RISSProp, and a hit was returned that she had sold the jewelry at a local reseller. The items were recovered and the suspect has been indicted.
Theft:The Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Police Department was investigating multiple thefts of jewelry from a local assisted-living facility. Approximately 100-plus pieces of jewelry and other items were stolen over time. Searches for the missing property were made in RISSProp, and it was discovered that a large portion of the items were sold by an employee of the facility. This discovery led to the development of a second suspect who is the boyfriend of the primary suspect. His name was entered into RISSProp, which resulted in hits on most of the remaining missing items. The majority of the stolen jewelry was subsequently recovered, and the suspects have been indicted.
Theft:An officer with the Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department began investigating the report of stolen construction power tools from a residence that was being renovated. Among the missing items were framing nail guns, a generator, saws, routers, air compressors, and heaters. The officer utilized RISSProp and determined that these items had been sold to a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop by a former employee of the construction company the day before the owner discovered and reported the crime. Utilizing RISSProp allowed the investigating officer to quickly locate the stolen property, valued at approximately $5,000, and return everything to the victim. The suspect was arrested on multiple felony charges.
Theft:The Westminster and Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Departments recovered five gold rings that had been stolen by a 24-year-old drug-dependent male. His mother was the victim, and she declined to prosecute him criminally. The rings, valued at approximately $1,500, were recovered, and the suspect’s mother reimbursed the two pawnshops that had purchased them.
Theft:Detectives with the Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to recover a diamond engagement ring, a gold ring, and a gold chain, valued at $14,700. A Worcester resident had reported the items stolen and the lead investigator determined that an electrical contractor who had been working at the victim’s home had pawned the stolen property less than a week after the theft was discovered.
Theft:Numerous supermarkets had high-end coffee machines stolen from stores in East Windsor, Tolland, and Enfield, Connecticut, as well as locations in Massachusetts. An organized retail theft investigator from one supermarket, who is a retired deputy chief of police, utilized RISSProp to determine that ten of the stolen items were pawned at two different shops in Springfield, Massachusetts. The items, valued at approximately $1,200, were recovered. The subject was arrested and is currently awaiting trial.
Theft:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department was informed that a number of vehicles were broken into in the city. One of the vehicles was a work truck that had $658 in plumbing materials stolen. An investigator assigned to the Worcester Detective Bureau utilized RISSProp to determine that a convicted felon had sold a number of plumbing tools at a local pawnshop on the same day that the vehicles were broken into. Further investigation showed that these were the same tools, and the tools were recovered and returned to the victim. The suspect has been charged with multiple felonies and is awaiting trial.
Theft:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to recover a laptop computer that was stolen by a former employee. The company that owned the laptop is in Billerica, Massachusetts, and it was valued at $1,231. The laptop was returned to the information technology (IT) director of the business, and charges were filed against the former employee, a 35-year-old Worcester woman.
Theft:The Brimfield, Massachusetts, Police Department began investigating a report of numerous jewelry items taken from a residence. Investigators utilized RISSProp and determined that a friend who had stayed overnight at the victim’s house had stolen the jewelry items. The items were valued at $3,000 and sold at two shops in Auburn and Worcester, Massachusetts. The stolen property was recovered, and the suspect was arrested.
Thefts:The Organized Retail Crimes (ORC) investigators from a supermarket and detectives with the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a series of retail thefts of health and beauty products, valued at $2,000, from nine different supermarkets in Connecticut and one in Western Massachusetts. Over a period of one month, the supermarket ORC investigator noticed a suspicious pattern in which a Chicopee, Massachusetts, man was selling similar types of items at local shops that report transactions in RISSProp. Investigators from the Westfield, Massachusetts, Police Department and the New Britain, Connecticut, Police Department also assisted in the investigation, and a total of 12 criminal charges are being brought against the suspect.
Theft:The Rindge, New Hampshire, Police Department received a report of a theft from a residence currently under construction. The contractor working at this location indicated that several power tools (valued at several hundred dollars) owned by him had been stolen. An individual who had been employed by the contractor was soon developed as a suspect. As part of the investigation, the Rindge detective conducted a query of RISSProp, at which time it was discovered that the suspect had pawned several pieces of power equipment at a secondhand shop in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Through photographs taken of the property, the owner identified the tools as the ones that had been stolen. The recovered property was valued at $400. The suspect was arrested by Fitchburg police officers and charged with possession of stolen property. The court process in that jurisdiction is pending, and a charge of misdemeanor theft in New Hampshire will be pursued at a later date. The Rindge Police Department was assisted by the Fitchburg Police Department with this investigation.
Burglary and Theft:The Auburn, Maine, Police Department was investigating the burglary of a private residence and the resulting theft of property from a building. The investigation revealed the name of a possible suspect. The suspect and possible associate names were queried in RISSProp, and hits were received on two of the stolen items. A laptop was recovered as a result of the database inquiry, and charges are pending against two individuals.
Burglary:The Hampden, Massachusetts, Police Department responded to a residential burglary. Several items were taken from this break-in, which occurred during the daytime while the victims were at work. Two flat-screen televisions, valued at more than $1,700, were taken, along with several construction tools, a chainsaw, and an air compressor. Investigators utilized RISSProp to search a suspect’s name. The investigation revealed that several transactions were conducted by this suspect in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut. Several items valued at $2,000 were recovered and returned to the homeowner. Criminal charges were brought against this suspect. Detectives also linked the suspect to a separate larceny and burglary in
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
Burglary:The Shelton, Connecticut, Police Department received a complaint regarding a burglary at a residence in which the homeowner’s son had a number of guests over to the house and many valuables were taken. After receiving the names of the guests, the detectives located a $250 speaker sold to a pawnshop by one of the guests at the party. The suspect was interviewed and did not want to cooperate. A warrant is pending.
Burglary:The Shelton, Connecticut, Police Department responded to an interrupted residential burglary in which electronics and jewelry were taken. By continually entering the stolen electronics into RISSProp, the detectives located a flat-screen television, valued at $600, that was sold to an area pawnshop on the date of the burglary. The suspect is suspected of several other area burglaries. The investigation continues.
Burglary:The Granby, Connecticut, Police Department received a complaint of a residential burglary and larceny. A backpack leaf blower and a Sawzall were reported stolen. A detective conducted a search of recent pawn activity in RISSProp and received a hit on the serial number of the leaf blower. The leaf blower had been pawned at a pawnshop in East Hartford, Connecticut, one day after the burglary. The detective contacted the pawnshop and provided the suspect’s name, which resulted in locating the Sawzall. RISSProp led to the development of a suspect in this case and the recovery of the stolen items for the victim.
Burglary:The Westport, Massachusetts, Police Department investigated a daytime residential burglary in which jewelry and electronics were stolen. Because of the lack of witnesses and on-scene physical evidence, a suspect could not be identified. The jewelry included high school and college class rings that were engraved with the victim’s name. Those particular details were entered into RISSProp. Within a week, a hit was returned to the agency that items matching the descriptions were pawned at a local pawnshop. This information developed a suspect who was identified as being in Westport on the date of the burglary and in close proximity to the residence during that time. The evidence secured between the pawn records, the pawn shop compliance with supplying documentation of the seller, and subsequent interviews with the suspect and witnesses resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the suspect on larceny and burglary charges.
Burglary:The Windham, Maine, Police Department responded to a commercial burglary at a local real estate office from which two laptop computers were missing. A detective entered descriptions of the stolen items into RISSProp and received hits on both. RISSProp allowed the detectives to associate a name with the stolen property and enabled them to make an arrest in the case. The property was recovered.
Burglary:The Windham, Maine, Police Department was investigating a burglary at a local church in which several musical instruments, tools, and a computer were stolen. Descriptions of the missing items were entered into RISSProp, and investigators received a hit on one of the items. This allowed them to identify a suspect, which led to an arrest and recovery of most of the stolen property.
Burglary:Detectives with the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department arrested a subject as a fugitive from justice from Mississippi and for burglary and stolen property offenses. During the arrest, officers recovered an unlicensed 9mm handgun, a mobile police scanner, and assorted burglarious tools. The investigation began through a cooperative effort between the Glastonbury, Connecticut, Police Department and the Springfield Police Department in which several items from a burglary in Glastonbury were recovered through the use of RISSProp. At the time of the suspect’s arrest, officers had recovered hundreds of pieces of high-end and costume jewelry and other items, valued at approximately $25,000. It is believed that this suspect committed numerous burglaries, possibly in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Massachusetts, since he was known to have frequented these areas prior to his arrest. The property is being held as evidence at the Springfield Police Department. The suspect was driving a gray Chevy pickup with a Massachusetts registration in his girlfriend’s name to help conceal his identity. In addition, the suspect is a known sex offender and was not registered at the address in which he was residing.
Burglary:Detectives with the Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Leominster, Massachusetts, Police Department used RISSProp to recover items that had been stolen in a residential forced-entry burglary in Uxbridge, while the victim was vacationing in Florida. The suspect, a 34-year-old Fitchburg, Massachusetts, resident, was arrested, and the items, valued at approximately $900, were recovered.
Burglary:The Dover, New Hampshire, Police Department investigated a residential burglary that had occurred within its jurisdiction. Various pieces of assorted jewelry were taken during the crime. Pursuant to the investigation, a suspect was developed and the Dover detectives contacted the Salem, New Hampshire, Police Department for a possible address. While speaking with the Salem officers, the Dover detectives learned that the suspect had pawned multiple items within that community and the surrounding area. The bulk of these pawns were discovered, pursuant to queries made in RISSProp. This information led to the recovery of approximately $5,000 in stolen jewelry from local pawnshops. The suspect has been arrested, and court action is pending.
Burglaries:Detectives with the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department Major Crimes Unit began investigating multiple residential burglaries in which the method of entry had been via basement windows. In the majority of these incidents, jewelry and electronics had been stolen from elderly victims. During the course of the investigation, one of the detectives noticed a pattern of suspicious activity while reviewing RISSProp. Further investigation determined that these suspicious transactions in RISSProp coincided with the dates of almost all of the reported burglaries. Based on the information in RISSProp, investigators located one of the individuals who had sold the items at a local pawnshop. During an interview in which he was shown a list of his RISSProp transactions, he implicated himself and another subject in the burglaries and sale of stolen property. Both subjects, ages 29 and 30, were arrested for numerous felonies and are awaiting trial. The investigative lead developed from RISSProp resulted in 11 residential burglaries being solved and the recovery of approximately $20,000 in stolen property.
Burglary:The Northborough, Massachusetts, Police Department arrested a local homeless individual for a number of late-night motor vehicle break-ins. Subsequent to this arrest, it was determined through RISSProp that this individual had sold a number of power tools and a flat-screen television at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Investigators connected these items to previous crimes throughout the area. The items recovered were valued at $1,500.
Burglary:A detective with the Sherborn, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp by conducting a search of a suspect’s last name. This search produced a result of interest that indicated that four rings were sold by this suspect. Upon viewing the result details, three photographs were observed–one depicting the four rings, one depicting the suspect’s license, and one depicting the suspect inside the store. The detective noted that one of the rings matched the description of a ring that had been reported stolen from a home in Sherborn. Ultimately, the detective connected with the Boston, Massachusetts, Police District A-1 Barracks and met with another detective to visit the Boston pawnshop. An employee of the pawnshop assisted the detectives in recovering the four rings. The detective has solved four residential house break-ins because of information provided.
Burglary:A manager from an electric company reported to the Duxbury, Massachusetts, Police Department that multiple tools had been stolen from a large construction site in Duxbury. A Duxbury officer ran an inquiry in RISSProp, and a hit was returned. The suspect was observed in a pawnshop in Fall River, Massachusetts, pawning an item that matched the description of one of the missing tools (hammer drill valued at $800). The manager confirmed that the suspect was one of his employees who has been working at a construction site. The suspect was interviewed and admitted to taking multiple tools from the job site and selling them at the Fall River pawnshop. The pawnshop confirmed that the suspect had pawned additional tools that were subsequently identified as items stolen from the job site (a $3,000 high-press hydraulic crimping tool and a torque wrench). The items were returned to the electric company. The suspect will be facing charges from the Duxbury and the Fall River Police Departments. The suspect has no previous record, but he has pawned several items that have been posted on RISSProp over the last two years.
Burglary:The Grafton, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a residential burglary and subsequent sale of stolen property. By searching the database, investigators determined that gold jewelry stolen from an elderly victim’s home was sold in a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. It was also determined that the victim’s 32-year-old grandson had burglarized his grandparents’ residence while they were on vacation. The gold jewelry, valued at $300, was recovered and returned to the victim. The grandson is being charged with multiple felonies and is now suspected in burglaries in the surrounding towns.
Burglary:The Spencer, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a residential burglary using RISSProp. After reviewing a preliminary report submitted by the patrol officer, a detective determined that the 42 DVDs reported stolen by the homeowner had been sold at a local pawnshop, located less than half a mile from the victim’s residence, the same day as the reported burglary. The items were recovered, and the suspect, who was known to the police, was arrested.
Burglary:The Spencer, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a series of larcenies using RISSProp. A local resident came to the police station reporting that several items had been stolen from his home. These items were a kayak, an air conditioner, a man’s watch, and a tile saw, with a combined value of $1,000. A search of RISSProp revealed that the victim’s 34-year-old drug-dependent son had sold all of the items to a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The items were recovered, and the suspect was charged accordingly.
Burglary:The Spencer, Massachusetts, Police utilized RISSProp to assist in recovering stolen property consisting of various gold jewelry items, valued at $1,000. Earlier in the year, the suspect, who is well known to local police, had committed a residential burglary. In addition to the stolen jewelry, there were also missing credit cards and gift cards. Detectives recovered the jewelry items, and the suspect was charged with multiple felony offenses.
Burglary:Detectives with the Spencer, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a residential burglary. Investigators determined that the victim’s brother had broken into her home while she was at a gathering in another town. A portion of the stolen property, including electronics and jewelry, was recovered. The victim of the original burglary declined prosecution, but the suspect is facing charges for his larceny by scheme by knowingly selling stolen property to area pawnshops.
Burglary:Detectives with the Spencer, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to identify a
42-year-old female home health aide who had sold five gold jewelry items, valued at $2,500, belonging to one of her patients at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. While investigating this suspect, detectives determined that she had also stolen $37,000 from the same 74-year-old victim’s bank accounts. A search of RISSProp revealed that this same suspect has numerous suspicious transactions involving the sale of both men’s and women’s jewelry items, dating back to 2014. Investigators are attempting to determine additional victims. The female suspect has been charged with numerous felonies, and state investigators from elder services are also involved.
Burglary:The Sterling, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to investigate a residential burglary in which an expensive gold watch, valued at $15,000, and assorted gold jewelry, valued at $3,000, were taken. By utilizing RISSProp, the Sterling and the Worcester, Massachusetts, detectives located suspicious transactions at a Worcester jewelry shop. Further investigation determined that the serial number on the watch matched the victim’s records, and the other items were positively identified and recovered. The jewelry shop had paid a 33-year-old female from Leominster, Massachusetts, $6,200 for the entire lot of stolen property. The female suspect has been arrested and is awaiting trial on numerous felonies.
Burglaries:The South Hadley, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to recover numerous assorted jewelry items, valued at $10,000. A 32-year-old male suspect had committed several area residential burglaries. The subject would approach homes, and if questioned, inform the residents or neighbors that he worked for either a package delivery service or a lawn care business. If he did not receive an answer at the door, he would force entry into the home. Detectives determined that the suspect had 19 separate transactions listed in RISSProp at shops in Springfield and Chicopee, Massachusetts. The suspect has been arrested and is awaiting trial.
Burglary:The Hubbardston, Massachusetts, Police Department began investigating a residential burglary in which a collection of rare coins, valued at $80,000, was taken. Detectives utilized RISSProp to determine that the victims’ 27-year-old drug-dependent son had sold the complete collection for $3,600 at a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pawnshop, right after the home was broken into. Detectives recovered the entire coin collection and returned it to the victims. Once the case was scheduled for trial in district court, the victims decided that they were going to decline criminal prosecution of their son. The detective investigating this case stated, “Everything we needed was right there in RISSProp–photos of his driver’s license and the coins.” The reporting officer in this case advised that the perpetrator in this incident fatally overdosed on heroin.
Larceny:The Lunenburg and Leominster, Massachusetts, Police Departments utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny and recover approximately $5,400 in assorted gold and diamond jewelry. The victim had contacted police after discovering that the theft occurred while she was in the hospital giving birth. She had arranged for a 22-year-old female to stay at her home to care for her other two children overnight. Upon returning from the hospital, she discovered that her wedding bands and other items were missing. Detectives quickly determined that the babysitter had pawned the jewelry in Leominster and were able to recover each item and return them to the victim. The babysitter was summonsed to court on multiple felony charges.
Larceny:The Leominster, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Clinton, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a larceny of approximately $1,700 worth of assorted gold and diamond jewelry by utilizing RISSProp. The larceny had occurred in Clinton, and all of the property was recovered and returned, after investigators determined that it had been sold to a Leominster jewelry store by the 25-year-old Clinton resident.
Larceny:Detectives with the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to determine that two men’s watches, valued at $2,700, that had been stolen from a vehicle were sold to a Springfield, Massachusetts, pawnshop. Both watches were recovered, and the 27-year-old male suspect was arrested for multiple felonies.
Larceny:Detectives with the Leicester and Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Departments utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny that had occurred in Leicester. An expensive men’s watch, valued at $2,800, was stolen from the victim’s home. By utilizing RISSProp, the investigators determined that a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technician who had been at the victim’s home the previous week had sold the watch to a Worcester pawnshop a few days later. The watch was recovered, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies.
Larceny:Detectives with the Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department solved multiple larcenies of metal and electronics from a business by utilizing RISSProp. A local oil company reported ongoing thefts of materials and a computer tablet, valued in excess of $12,000. By submitting a query into RISSProp, investigators determined that a current employee of the business was regularly selling the stolen property to a local scrap yard and had sold the tablet to a local pawnshop.
Larceny:Detectives with the Northborough, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny/shoplifting that had occurred at a local supermarket. A coffee bar valued at $200 was stolen and sold within an hour of the theft at a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop. The item was subsequently recovered within days of the crime. In addition, the detectives connected the perpetrator to other recent thefts at local retail establishments.
Larceny:A detective with the Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department received a telephone call from a victim’s mother in Northbridge, Massachusetts. Her developmentally challenged adult son had been the victim of a larceny of his high school class ring. The young man had had a very difficult time finishing high school, and his mother had purchased the ring for him after graduation as a reward for his hard work and accomplishment. This ring was the victim’s prized possession and had an enormous amount of sentimental value. The detective entered the ring’s description into RISSProp, including the victim’s initials engraved inside, and located the ring in a Worcester jewelry store. Further investigation showed that an acquaintance of the victim’s family had stolen the ring and sold it for cash. The perpetrator has been charged with a felony and is awaiting trial.
Larceny:A detective with the Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny that had occurred in Milford, Massachusetts. The investigator determined that the two gold necklaces, valued at $1,100, were sold to a Worcester jewelry store. Further investigation revealed that the perpetrator was an employee of a local plumbing company that had done work at the victim’s residence. The stolen property was recovered, and the suspect has been charged accordingly.
Larceny:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a larceny using RISSProp. A female victim had reported the theft of her deceased father’s gold chain, valued at $970. The detective determined that the victim’s ex-boyfriend had sold the chain at a local pawnshop. The stolen property was recovered, and the suspect was charged accordingly.
Larceny:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. An expensive mountain bike, valued at $500, was stolen from outside of a local hospital in downtown Worcester. The bicycle was located at a local pawnshop. The stolen property was returned to the victim, and the suspect was charged with two felonies.
Larceny:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department, along with the Leicester, Massachusetts, Police Department, utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. A resident of Leicester reported that his expensive watch, valued at $2,800, was stolen from his home. By using RISSProp, detectives determined that an employee of a local heating, ventilating, and air conditioning business who had been doing work in the victim’s home had sold the watch at a local pawnshop. The watch was recovered, and the suspect was arrested for two felony charges and is awaiting trial.
Larceny:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a larceny. A local homeowner reported that a friend of his had recently visited his home, along with a female companion known only by the first name of Marissa. A few days after the visit, the victim’s wife discovered that jewelry items, valued at $4,000, were missing. By entering the time frame and only the first name “Marissa” into RISSProp, the detective located a suspicious transaction by a female with the same first name. The victim identified his stolen property, and the suspect, a 26-year-old Worcester resident, was arrested.
Larceny:The Clinton, Massachusetts, Police Department responded to a report of larceny. It was discovered that the victim, who owns a tool franchise, had an internal theft complaint. Upon running the suspect’s name in RISSProp, the police discovered that the suspect had conducted approximately 119 pawn transactions in Connecticut. It was ultimately discovered that a total of $61,127 worth of merchandise had been stolen. This merchandise was subsequently recovered from the pawnshops listed in RISSProp and returned to the owner. The suspect was arrested and charged in violation of larceny in the first degree.
Larceny:The Clinton, Massachusetts, Police Department responded to a complaint of a vehicle used without the owner’s permission. The vehicle was subsequently returned several days later. It was discovered that numerous power tools, valued at $2,000, were missing from the vehicle. A search of the suspect’s name in RISSProp revealed the location of several of the missing power tools at local pawnshops. This information aided the Clinton police officers in obtaining an arrest warrant for the suspect. The property was later recovered and returned to the owner.
Larceny:The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department recovered $10,000 worth of stolen diamond rings that had been reported stolen from a local residence. The victims of this larceny had invited a homeless woman to temporarily stay with them in their home, and in less than two weeks, their houseguest had brought her boyfriend into the home while the owners were away. RISSProp transaction data showed investigators that the boyfriend had sold the stolen jewelry at a Westfield, Massachusetts, jewelry shop more than 50 miles away. The items were recovered and returned to the victims, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies.
Larceny:The Sterling, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to determine that two high school class rings were sold to an area pawnshop by a known criminal. The detectives used old high school yearbooks and consulted with an area historian to match the initials that were inscribed inside both rings. The actual owners of the rings had passed away; however, the detectives located their son, who still lived in the area, and he reimbursed the shop owner for the cost of his deceased parents’ rings. Detectives were unable to determine how the subject, who had sold the items, came into possession of them and was not charged criminally.
Larceny:The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to investigate a theft of a camera kit, valued at $700. Within a few minutes of using RISSProp, a detective determined that the victim’s
28-year-old niece had sold the camera three weeks earlier at a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pawnshop for $55. The items were recovered and returned to the victim, and the niece was charged with receiving stolen property.
Larceny:The Gardner, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve the larceny of 16 pairs of collectible shoes, valued at $2,700, and two video game cartridges, valued at $80. The victim in this case had gone on vacation, and a friend of the victim’s mother had entered her apartment and taken the items. Detectives determined that the suspect, a 53-year-old male, sold the two video game cartridges at a local shop. Follow-up investigation led to the recovery of all of the stolen property, and the suspect was charged with multiple felonies.
Receiving Stolen Property/Larceny:The Lincoln, Massachusetts, Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect living in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The officers utilized RISSProp to locate $1,500 in stolen music equipment that a suspect sold in Nashua, New Hampshire. The database provided a hit.
Motor Vehicle Break-In:The Worcester, Massachusetts, Police Department and the Northboro, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a motor vehicle break-in that had occurred in Northboro. A landscaper had reported that two leaf blowers, valued at $1,200, had been stolen from one of his work trucks. Detectives determined that two leaf blowers had been sold at a local pawnshop about a week after the theft. The items were identified and returned to the owner. The suspect was arrested and charged with various felonies.
Motor Vehicle Break-Ins:The Ludlow, Massachusetts, Police Department solved a series of motor vehicle break-ins utilizing RISSProp. By using a list of stolen items provided by the victims, investigators ascertained that a subject had sold the exact same items at an Enfield, Connecticut, pawnshop. Two metal detectors and two portable media players/pocket computers, valued at $2,250, were recovered. The suspect, who was not local, was charged with multiple felonies.
Breaking and Entering (B&E):Detectives with the Plymouth, Massachusetts, Police Department were dispatched to a marina in Plymouth for a reported past B&E into the premises. The Plymouth detectives reviewed surveillance footage of the suspect, who was described as a short, white male with light-colored hair, wearing black pants and a long-sleeved white shirt. The suspect also wore a black vest and a white fedora-style hat. This suspect was observed entering the premises via the rear door and exiting the building a short time later with a computer bag that contained a laptop computer, valued at $2,500. The computer was valuable and unique because it contained software programs that specifically diagnose boat engines. The Plymouth detectives conducted a search of the computer serial number in RISSProp and received a hit on a male who is well known to the Plymouth police officers. The search in RISSProp provided information that the suspect had pawned the computer at a pawnshop in Boston, Massachusetts. RISSProp photos clearly showed the suspect selling the stolen computer, wearing the same exact clothing he wore on the evening that he broke into the marina. The Plymouth detectives contacted the Boston pawnshop and recovered the stolen laptop. An application for an arrest warrant has been filed, and an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect, who is believed to be homeless.
RISSProp/Equipment Services
B&E:The Southbridge, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a forced-entry residential burglary and recover approximately $1,400 worth of stolen jewelry. Detectives located suspicious transactions in a Worcester, Massachusetts, pawnshop involving jewelry that matched a description in a recent burglary report. Further investigation revealed that the subject, who sold the stolen jewelry, gave a confession implicating himself in the burglary.
B&E:The Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department utilized RISSProp to solve a residential forced-entry burglary that had occurred a few days earlier. After recovering a latent fingerprint at the crime scene, investigator determined that the same suspect had pawned several stolen gold jewelry pieces at a local establishment. The stolen property, valued at $450, was recovered, and the suspect, who had a substantial criminal history, was arrested.
B&E:A detective with the Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department, assigned to B-3 Dorchester/Mattapan, met with a NESPIN field coordinator for orientation on NESPIN/RISS services. A few hours after the training, the detective notified NESPIN that he had solved a pending forced-entry residential burglary investigation by utilizing RISSProp. A female victim had reported that she purchased a game console and four games the day after Thanksgiving. Two days later, her home was broken into and the game console and games were stolen. Because of the training provided by the NESPIN field coordinator, the detective solved the case by determining that the victim’s next-door neighbor had sold the stolen property, valued at approximately $500, to a Boston pawnshop.

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