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Cops use hi-tech helper to nab man in Dudley for south-coast raid
11:10am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
HI-TECH fingerprint technology helped cops nab a man in Dudley on suspicion of an burglary in Essex.
The 29-year-old gave a false name after officers stopped him believing he had been shoplifting on Poundland in High Street.
However the police did not buy his bogus alias, which would not have shown up on the police database, and checked his fingerprint on a mobile scanner which revealed he was wanted for a burglary in August 2012.
He was arrested and taken to Essex for questioning about the break-in.
Inspector Stephen Danks, from Dudley police, said: "The man gave false details so naturally he came up as 'no trace' on national police systems, he would have been hoping for a caution or community resolution as a first time offender, but realised the game was up when officers produced the MobileID kit."
Neighbourhood Priority Teams, Safer Travel, motorways police and the Guns & Gangs Unit are among the West Midlands Police departments using the devices.
The pocket-sized gadgets are satellite linked to a national fingerprint database and instantly alert officers if the scanned prints belong to a convicted criminal. Officers can then cross-reference against the Police National Computer (PNC) to find out if the person is wanted by police or the courts.
Around 70 of the devices are being used by police teams across the region and have helped officers identify thousands of people on the spot.
The system avoids the need to take suspects to police stations for fingerprinting and identification, cops say it saves hundreds of hours of officers' time every month.
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