When your job is getting criminals off the street and into the prison, you have to rely on a number of different resources to help in your efforts. Even though no two criminals are alike, they tend do develop patterns that allow us to bring them to justice before they can cause more trouble in the city. It isn’t that these criminals are stupid, they are quite smart, but when you are trying avoid capture you make mistakes having to stay off the radar every second of every day.
While my team can make several mistakes during the capture, the suspect makes one mistake and they are off to jail.
One of the most valuable resources my team of investigators has is the help of informants. These folks are usually hiding in the shadows because they do not need the heat that could come if the suspect knew they were turning them in. Many times this may be a family member, who risks more than their own safety if they are discovered helping the authorities. The suspect that we were hunting today didn’t have family that we knew of, and even the informants had no leads that could point us in his direction.
When I went to the local jail and discovered Securus Technologies had updated their inmate call monitoring system, I thought this could work in my favor. Seems our suspect had a habit of breaking promises he made to his inmate friends, and now on the outside he made several enemies that were left behind. One call we were able to pick up chatter concerning the plans of our suspect, and how he was going to raise money to board a bus to Austin and then take a train to the border.
As we picked up on more details, we were able to find our suspect and bring him in for several charges.