Single Fingerprint Helps Stop Crime Spree in Small-Town Canada

“It’s a small-scale example of the broader law enforcement community’s increasing reliance on biometrics in criminal investigations…”

A single fingerprint helped to stop a crime spree in the small town of Ajax, Ontario, reports CP24.Single Fingerprint Helps Stop Crime Spree in Small-Town Canada

The crime spree involved a series of gunpoint robberies and carjackings over the course of October and November in the northern part of the city. But an unrelated incident helped to crack the case, when one of the suspects swiped cash from a woman at a train station after having previously arranged to sell her a used phone at the location of the robbery. The suspect left behind a fingerprint at that crime scene, which police then matched to fingerprints found in other incidents during the crime wave. Together with CCTV surveillance from the train station, police were able to track down a pair of brothers who turned out to be the repeat offenders in the robberies and carjackings.

The brothers were previously unknown to police, so fingerprints found at most of the crime scenes would never have yielded results from searches against criminal databases. Thus it was the forensic evidence from the train station scam that really did them in.

It’s a small-scale example of the broader law enforcement community’s increasing reliance on biometrics in criminal investigations, which, together with solid detective work, can be used to put an end to an unusual crime spree in an otherwise quiet town.

Source: CP24

December 4, 2017 – by Alex Perala