Case Studies


NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Created 03.2018

A family of three left their apartment on holidays. After they came back they found they've been robbed. The detectives started to investigate and discovered that perpetrators entered via front door into one of many apartments in a large residential building, carefully scouted for cash and jewelry. The only clue was the shoeprints.
Later that month, a very similar case occurred in the neighborhood complex. Same pattern—front door entry, residential building, and careful search. The worth of stolen property was estimated at over $10,000. Once more the perpetrators left shoeprints of three different shoes inside the apartment and in the dusty hallway. The major obstacle to solving these crimes was the power outage that happened during the burglaries, leaving no CCTV footage to identify potential suspects.
However, investigators quickly linked two cases together using Everspry National Criminal Case Application System to find if these shoeprints figured in other cases across the country. The match was found in the nearby city with the same crime pattern and an available CCTV footage to identify the suspects, whom were later arrested on burglary charges.

DEPOSITORY SAFE BURGLARY

Created 02.2018

A skilled organized crime group (OCG) specializing in depository safe burglary struck at city's industrial and mining plants depository safes. Stunning number of 63 burglary cases with $250,000 total worth of damage placed great pressure on local police. The challenges detectives faced included high number of similar cases, which caused difficulty in determining the scope of investigation. The perpetrators did not use cell phones, covered their faces, wore gloves, shoe bags and intentionally damaged video surveillance. OCG structure was complex, making it difficult to determine who is who in their organization. Overall these were hardened criminals, which left little advantage to detectives.
However, combining video surveillance and shoeprints left at crime scene helped make the first breakthrough. Although perpetrators wore caps, gloves, et cetera they did leave shoeprints. After careful analysis it became apparent that 3 perpetrators were involved within a larger group. Using EverASM case linking function, the detectives were able to determine the scope of investigation, OCG organization and their characteristics. Drawing on the relationship between 47 cases with 75 captured shoeprints, the complex relationship gradually became clearer. The criminals shoeprints helped connect these cases.
As a result, linked shoeprints helped detectives during interrogation and 10 criminals of the leading OCG were arrested and duly charged.