Smartphones assist in police investigation

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 15:45 03/02/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Raiders butcher prized beef Specialist car crime squad launched in Wellington Laundromat robbed at gunpoint Kiwi drug smugglers controlled global dope trade Revealed: the Kiwis behind a billion dollar drug empire 'Heroic' attempt to save children National treasure thefts considered before fraudsters settled on war medals Fresh hope for unsolved cold cases is on its way as the DNA profile bank turns 20 Car thief caught after spectacular police pursuit Burglars steal war veteran's medals days before Anzac Day

Smartphone tactics were used by Dunedin police to apprehend alleged petty thieves at the weekend.

A 36-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, who were apparently working in tandem, were arrested for snatching a handbag from a tourist at the city's library.

The constable investigating the theft took a smartphone photo of library CCTV footage of the alleged male offender.

The officer sent the picture to his senior sergeant who then sent it out to frontline staff.

Later in the day one of the officers, by this time off-duty, spotted the alleged male offender walking home with the stolen handbag.

"He managed to talk that man into returning to the police station with him and then we were also able to locate the female," Sergeant Matt Scoles said.

The case was a good example of how smartphone technology was becoming increasingly useful for police.

"We've used that method quite a few times at the weekend," Scoles said.

"I think we're getting a lot smarter with the way we are using those devices."

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content