One of the most challenging parts of getting a fugitive into custody is providing the courts enough in the way of evidence to keep them behind bars. These fugitives have become especially clever at concealing their crimes, so when we have to connect the dots, many times we have to struggle to collect things that may or may not be used successfully in the court to prosecute. When a suspect is allowed to walk based on weak or no evidence, despite them admitting to the crime, it can be extremely frustrating.
We has a suspect in custody but the evidence we needed to lock him away for good was missing. We know that someone other than the suspect had been to the crime scene to clean it up before we arrived, we just could not get any leads. The concern we had was that the evidence we needed was still within our grasps, we only had so much time before he was released and he could be gone for good.
While in the jail, I decided to see if I could get the Securus Technologies phone monitoring system to help break the case open. This inmate telephone call monitoring system is able to do the work of a half-dozen officers at once, listening to what the inmates say and picking out key chatter in their calls.
While the suspect was on the phone all the time, our presence in the jail must have upset him, as he frantically called his brother a number of times to make sure something was taken care of. When it wasn’t the suspect got irate and demanded his brother step up. We did too, putting heavy surveillance on him, and catching him in the act one night trying to destroy key evidence in this case that would convict our suspect.