Times are tough all over.
In fact, they are so tough that criminals are ratting themselves out, if the money is right.
According to the Associated Press, “a western Pennsylvania jewelry store owner says a man charged with burglarizing the shop called and offered to help solve the case after the owner offered a reward.
“Police have since charged 28-year-old Emile Pratt Jr. with burglarizing Mark Multari’s Gold Mind Jewelers in Sharon, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.”
Apparently, Pratt heard that there was a reward and he just couldn’t turn down the chance to make some money.
He was charged after the cops traced “some of the 100 items stolen in the burglary to stores and pawn shops where Pratt allegedly sold them.”
It all goes to show that our police are not always dealing with the sharpest knives in the drawer, but it also shows what successfully solves crimes. It’s usually dogged, difficult police work.
It only takes a sentence or two to report how the police documented this crime, but consider the amount of work that they had to invest to track down all of the items that were sold off around that area.
The TV shows don’t focus on that. They don’t show the hours and hours of detailed study and digging that police endure in order to break one case. And that goes on all the time.
Often crimes are solved because information that is collected during tedious hours of work finally comes together.
It’s not as flashy as a shoot out, but it is what helps them safeguard our property from people like Emile Pratt Jr.
— Chuck Smith