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Databases replace the old police blotter

A look back


The "police blotter" is an old term for a department's official written record of calls for service and arrests. Now, computer databases hold every crime statistic. Last week, I reviewed one of the blotters and found a few interesting cases that ended in arrests.

• Detective Charles Krickler arrested a 46-year-old man for stealing copper wire from power poles, which seems a rather dangerous occupation. The man's latent fingerprints were found on a plastic cover near one of the poles. He was already in jail — for the third time in six months — for drug crimes. He admitted to a number of copper wire thefts in the west end of the city, presumably to support his crack cocaine and heroin addictions.

• A man reported a burglary to his home and said that the suspect must have been an acquaintance, since his big dog wasn't friendly toward strangers. The victim later learned the burglar's identity and confronted him, and he agreed to return the stolen goods. Detectives arrested the teenage suspect when he showed up with all of the stolen items, including an AK-47 assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine.

• Detective Holly Hadrika investigated a case of identity theft where the victim's 52-year-old ex-girlfriend moved out and then used his identity to open a city water account at her new home. The girlfriend blamed her daughter, who was already in jail for other charges, but the woman was arrested when the investigation disproved her claim. Now, mother and daughter are spending time together — in jail.

William Proffitt, St. Petersburg police spokesman

Databases replace the old police blotter 11/01/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 2, 2008 3:14pm]
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