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Online Police Investigations

City of Miami Police Department Signs on to Use Online Investigations Tool to Solve Property Crimes

LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigative tool, helps police instantly track and recover stolen property no matter where it is stolen or sold.

Miami, FL – August 29 – In an effort to further combat crime, the City of Miami Police Department is now using LeadsOnline – an investigative system that enables detectives to search for suspects and stolen property across secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, precious metal buyers, pawn shops, and internet (eBay) drop-off stores both locally and nationwide.

“This is the largest online investigations system of its kind nationwide. Our police investigators are using it to solve crimes by instantly searching for missing items in the transaction records of businesses across the Miami area and the country. We appreciate the support of our local businesses as they work with us to serve our community,” said City of Miami Manager Daniel J. Alfonso.

The system equips criminal investigators with the ability to instantly solve crimes and return stolen goods to their rightful owners. Property can be searched using serial numbers, suspect name, item descriptions, or other information. Searches are completed within seconds. Often, these property crimes are associated with larger crimes such as homicides, arson, and fraud.

“Prior to implementing LeadsOnline, I was working a burglary case in which there were zero leads to follow. During our Department’s trial with LeadsOnline, I searched the suspect’s name, and a stolen drill was found to be pawned by him in April,” said Detective Pierre Alce, of the Miami Police Department. “The suspect was apprehended and in court the following day. If it would not have been for LeadsOnline, we would not have been able to solve this case.”

More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, including 40 in Florida, use LeadsOnline to solve crimes that may otherwise remain a mystery. Prior to LeadsOnline, investigators had to undergo the cumbersome routine of traveling to each business to collect paper copies of every transaction, limiting their investigative information to just their city or county. Now, with LeadsOnline, law enforcement is able to instantly search more than 2/3 billion transactions reported by pawn, secondhand, gold buyer, and scrap businesses from all 50 states.

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LeadsOnline ( is the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 4,400 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC, serves as an indispensible, efficient, and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world’s largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database.

LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by President and CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the Chicago Police Department, the New York City Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.

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Lindsay Williams
+1 972-331-8766

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Stopping

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Fair Stopping in Ocala FL

Join Palm Kia, local law enforcement, first responders and Operation Kidsafe for a free child safety fair. Parents can attend this event and at no charge get a lifetime record of their child’s digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Parents will also get valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service.

Ocala, FL – August 22 — Palm Kia will also be collecting non-perishable food & personal care items to benefit… Interfaith Emergency Services: A full list of needed items to bring can be found on the Palm Kia website at:

Bring an item and take advantage of all the free services.

• Child Safety IDs from Operation Kidsafe
• Fitness challenges
• Healthy & Organic Food tastings
• Stress busters & Relaxation
• Driving Safety
• Home & Personal Security
• Youth Fitness & Activities
• Local Information & free community resources
• Computer health and safety
• Family Fun & Activities
• Smoking Cessation
• & More.

Palm is grilling burgers & dogs on the grill.

Prizes for the kids.

Palm Kia
2305 SW College Rd
Ocala, FL 34471
Saturday, Sept. 6th
9:00am – 1:00pm

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Operation Kidsafe International
Mark Bott

Pam Hough – Media Director
Operation Kidsafe International
727-474-5869 Direct line
217-726-6393 Office Main

Evidence Safe From Cops In Your Car

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney, Hope Lefeber, Discusses Recent Third Circuit Decision Permitting Automobile Searches Without A Warrant

In U.S. v. Donahue, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 4115949 (3d Cir. August 22, 2014), 3d Circuit Reverses District Court’s Suppression of Evidence, Granting Broad Power to Government to Search Automobiles Without a Warrant.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 29 – Last week, in U.S. v. Donahue, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 4115949 (3d Cir. August 22, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a District Court’s suppression of evidence. Federal criminal defense lawyer, Hope Lefeber, explains how this case gives the government broad powers to search a car without a search warrant. Interestingly, the case begins with the following observation by the Third Circuit: “[i]n light of the ‘automobile exception’ to the usual search warrant requirement, it is difficult to pick a worse place to conceal evidence of a crime than an automobile.”

According to court documents, defendant Donahue was convicted of fraud in the District of New Jersey. But, instead of surrendering to authorities after his conviction, he fled the state. Some time later, he was arrested while driving his son’s Ford Mustang in New Mexico. After he was arrested, the government seized his car and conducted various searches of it. Behind the driver’s seat, they found a Glock .40 and a magazine. In the trunk, they found a bag containing a Glock semi-automatic. Donahue was charged with failing to surrender and for firearms offenses.

At Donahue’s trial, the District Court granted Donahue’s motion to suppress the evidence found in the car, U.S. v. Donahue, 2013 WL 6080192, holding that the government lacked probable cause to conduct the search. Interestingly, the Third Circuit reached the opposite conclusion. As Ms. Lefeber explains, since the facts were not in dispute, the Third Circuit could conduct a plenary review of the District Court’s decision. In other words, the Third Circuit was free to completely re-examine the issue and reach a different conclusion, which it did.

The key question on appeal was whether the government had probable cause to search the car without a warrant under the “automobile exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which allows searches of automobiles, without a warrant, if the officers have probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime will be found in the vehicle. The government claimed that no warrant was needed because various items that were in plain view—such as some luggage and maps—gave rise to probable cause that further evidence of Donahue’s deliberate flight would be found in the car. Donahue claimed that this was insufficient because these items did not suggest that contraband would be found in the car. Because a probable cause analysis isn’t limited to the possible finding of contraband, the Third Circuit agreed with the government and ruled that these items did give rise to probable cause that further evidence of Donahue’s flight would be found. Accordingly, the Third Circuit reversed the District Court’s suppression of the search and remanded the case.

Ms. Lefeber explains that this case further erodes the protection of the Fourth Amendment with respect to vehicle searches. Following the Donahue case, basically every vehicle can be searched because officers will arguably always have probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime will be found in the vehicle of a person that they stop.

Hope Lefeber is a federal criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia. With over 30 years experience, she is recognized by Superlawyers and is ranked by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the United States. Ms. Lefeber’s key areas of practice include defense in business and corporate fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, tax fraud and other white collar crimes, conspiracy and drug offenses. Learn more about her at

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Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.