Part of my duty as a fugitive task force hunter is to try and help to local police solve cold cases. This month the local authorities asked if my team could help collect evidence on a suspect who was involved in home burglaries but still free to commit crimes. He received a reduced sentence and the week he was released, those crimes spiked again. The case we needed help solving involved a home invasion where four family members were beaten and left in comas, but the evidence was weak so the case remained open.
Although the suspect was back on the streets and committing crimes again, he had a huge network of family and friends working to keep him off the radar. There was little chance of him being turned in or anyone offering up any tips to help with our investigation. Having no luck with informants, I decided to see if I was able to rattle a few cages down at the local prison.
Securus Technologies installed the call monitoring system in the jail that officers use to be able to hear certain chatter about things like weapons, crimes, and drugs. My plan was to let the inmates know I was asking around about our suspect, then see if anyone would run to the phones to give up any tips that could help with the investigation. Little did we know how resourceful this call monitoring system as going to ultimately be.
The system alerted officers of chatter from one inmate asking his family to reach out to the suspect about evidence not disposed of yet. Seems like this inmate was worried if something was found, it could tie him to our suspect. We sent the team to search the location, and discovered evidence that tied two to that cold case, allowing us to eventually bring two guilty suspects to trial.