Yesterday, I tweeted “Two awesome things about my job. 1. Neighbors that pay attention 2. Tweeting from a residential burglary crime scene after catching the bad guy”. Â I was pretty excited and none too unhappy with myself and my fellow officers. Â Since the case hasn’t been adjudicated, I can’t go into the specifics, but I can share certain information.
First, the original PR (Person Reporting) was a rock star. Â This guy is what every cop hopes for in a witness. Â This guy is what everyone hopes for in a neighbor. Â I’ll post about witnesses in the next couple of days to illustrate some important points.
Second, I learned today that the suspect’s bail was increased to $1.75 Million. Â That’s $1,750,000! Â That’s one million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars! Â No matter how it’s written, it kicks ass. Â Why so much for a residential burglary, you ask?
Fair question. Â Here’s why: he’s facing a third strike. Â Seems that his bail goes up exponentially for each additional felony based on the strike issue. Â Previous strikes include a violent sexual crime for which he had recently been released from parole. Â He stole about $7k worth of property. Â We recovered about $6k worth of the same property. Â The victim (who wasn’t home at the time) was thrilled to get his laptop and very nice digital camera back.
It took about nine of us to handle the original detail, locate witnesses, locate the suspect, detain the suspect, identify the victim, process the scene, ferry witnesses back and forth for an in-field lineup, transport suspect, interview suspect, document the incident, and file the case with the D.A.
It was teamwork from start to finish. Â I love my job. Â It’s a lot of fun; however, it’s the people I work with that are the key. Â We have fun when there’s fun to be had and we all buckle down and work when it’s time. Â The great thing of it is we know when those times are.
We took a very bad man off the streets. Â He runs a legitimate risk of never breathing free air again. Â I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight.