When my fugitive task force gets the call to find a suspect, chances are this is a very dangerous situation. When violence is involved, you are talking about innocent people who should not have to be subjected to these fugitives, and it is my job to get them off the street as quickly as possible. This week we were on the hunt for a husband and wife team, stealing cars and burglarizing houses. On the last job, they beat an old man within an inch of his life.
The trouble we had right out of the gate was that this couple was not from the area of the last crime, and if they were only passing through, they could be anywhere. Then we had the issue of no one in this area knowing them, so no informants could come forward and help us to put the pieces together.
The local jail is where we headed in the hopes of getting some inmate to be able to identify the couple and help us predict their next move. Luckily for my team, Securus Technologies installed a call monitoring system used to listen in on inmates, and we were going to try and see if our being in the jail got anyone to jump on the phone and talk.
It didn’t take long for us to get a hit, and it was a big one. One of the inmates was recently arrested for fencing stolen property, and as luck would have it for us, he purchased items the couple had stolen. He was on the phone talking about another score they had planned on selling, and he need his brother to take the reigns. We decided to intercept the sale and put those two behind bars before they had the chance to hurt anyone else in the city.