Intelligence-Led Policing program nabs burglary suspect

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- A new program implemented by Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, shortly after he took office, has lead to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Sheriff Easter approached Captain Greg Pollock shortly after he became sheriff, and tasked him with developing a new system to track criminal activity in the county.

With the assistance of Sedgwick County GIS and other county IT resources, deputies developed an interactive mapping application, an internal and external network for sharing intelligence and most recently we started conducting some computer crime analysis. In March, deputies were able to use the programs to link a single suspect to a series of burglaries in south Sedgwick County.

On Tuesday, Investigators were conducting police operations, when they observed 29-year-old Brandon Metcalf leaving a Derby jewelry store. They soon learned that Metcalf had allegedly just stolen a necklace and bracelet from this business.

Deputies, with the help of Wichita Police Air Section were able to observe Metcalf as he fled at high speed. He wrecked out a short time later near 87th Street South and Greenwich, but was not hurt.

Metcalf was taken into custody, and eventually booked into jail on multiple charges, including possession of stolen property, auto theft, burglary, felony theft, possession of methamphetamine, reckless driving, driving while suspended, and a probation violation.

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