Internet was key in helping a Madison police officer make an arrest for a University of Wisconsin fraternity house burglary that occurred in February.
Eighteen-year-old Lashaun Cole, who is already in custody at the Dane County Jail for previous charges, was charged for the February theft at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house when a 20-year-old reported a number of items stolen from his room.
According to a Madison Police Department incident report, the stolen items included a laptop, a gaming system, a watch, a GoPro camera and a Kindle Fire.
The MPD officer used LeadsOnline which is a “technology service helping law enforcement catch criminals, while helping businesses reduce the hassles of reporting,” to track the serial number of the stolen Kindle Fire.
According to the report, LeadsOnline showed the suspect sold the Kindle Fire at an East Towne Mall ecoATM machine.
Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the break in the case came because the victim knew the serial number of the Kindle Fire.