A Muskingum County Sheriff's detective is being recognized for his help in connecting the dots to a multi-state crime.
Very few details are being released about the crime and criminals, but Terrorism Liaison Officer and Detective KC Jones with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is being given an award from the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security. Detective Jones says he came across stolen items and after looking further into the crime, he discovered the criminals were being looked at in other states and by the FBI.
"It was just through this network of contacts that we were able to put together the fact that there was more people than just myself working these guys on similar case," says Det. Jones.
Detective Jones says the stolen items and criminals he came across involved in a case that has been in the works since September of 2007. The total amount of the stolen items is around $100,000. Sheriff Matt Lutz says Detective Jones is the kind of investigator that remembers details and shares his information with fellow law enforcement officers.
So it is almost exactly like a jigsaw puzzle, so the people who are really good at remembering the pieces, about where they came from and where they are at, are the ones that can call neighboring agencies and put those pieces together," says Sheriff Matt Lutz.
Detective Jones says the crime and criminals are not linked to terrorism, but the Terrorism Liaison Officers and the Department of Homeland Security were able to use their tools to link the crimes together.