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Saratoga Police Department subscribes to monitoring program
December 1, 2021
The Saratoga Police Department now has yet another tool when it comes to addressing crime in Saratoga.
During the November 16 meeting of the Saratoga Town Council, the governing body authorized the police department to subscribe to LeadsOnline for a fee of $1,428 per calendar year. Sergeant Tyler Christen informed the council of the program, stating the department had been subscribed to it in the past.
“They’re a company that allows us to monitor the pawn shops, so any stolen items we can monitor the pawn shops if they show up through there and then see who’s pawning some equipment,” said Christen.
According to Christen, the police department had seen success using the program in the past. At least one cold case was solved through the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office using the program and a 20 year old case in Saratoga had also been closed after items were sold in a pawn shop. LeadsOnline, which bills itself as “the link between investigators and missing items or individuals”, monitors pawn shops throughout the country.
The company includes success stories on its website with articles from various newspapers throughout the country. One particular story from the Craig Daily Press cites the company as reuniting a former Craig, Colorado resident with a hunting rifle stolen 38 years before. While the rifle had been stolen in Craig, it had been found in a pawn shop in Great Falls, Montana nearly four decades later.
Councilmember D’Ron Campbell, citing an increase in theft in Saratoga, made a motion to re-subscribe to the service. The motion passed unanimously.
The next meeting of the Saratoga Town Council will be at 6 p.m. on December 7 at Saratoga Town Hall.