Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division

Once a uniformed deputy takes the initial criminal complaint the officer usually follows-up the case as far as time permits since the first two hours are the best time to solve the case. The Investigators then conduct the follow-up investigation. Investigators also prepare affidavits for arrest warrants, search warrants, interview victims, witnesses, and suspects, liason with other agencies and perform many other related duties. Investigators are ultimately responsible for the evidence collected by the entire Sheriff's Office and maintain the integrity of the evidence until it is needed in court and or it is ordered to be destroyed.

The Investigations Division specializes in:

The purpose of CID is to investigate all types of crimes occurring within Independence County, to determine the identity of perpetrators of these crimes based upon the facts and evidence, to arrest or cause the issuance of arrest warrants where appropriate and to coordinate with the prosecuting attorney throughout the criminal prosecution of the offender.

You can learn about some of the cases we are actively working below, and maybe you can help us.

Meet the members of the Criminal Investigations Division
Seeking Information -- Burglary Suspect
07/07/2011

The Independence County Sheriffs Department is requesting assistance in identifying the individual who on July 2nd 2011 broke into the Oak Park Pharmacy.  If you can identify the subject or have any information contact Detective Dustin Robbins  of the Independence County Sheriffs Department Criminal Investigations Division at 870 793 8878.  Thank you for your help.



Case Detective: Dustin Robbins
Seeking information on Burglary Suspect
04/15/2011

At approximately 10:50pm on April 13, 2011 this individual broke into and entered the Radio Shack at 2065 Harrison Street and took several items including Laptops, and other electronic equipment. If you know who this person is, or have information regarding this incident, please contact the Independence County Sheriffs Department Criminal Investigation Division at 870-793-8878. Or feel free to send me an email. 



Case Detective: Jimmy Smith
Information on Financial Crimes and how to keep yourself safe.
03/07/2011

ID Theft, Internet Fraud, Check Forgery, and Credit Card Fraud have fast become the number one crime in the United States. These, White Collar, or Financial Crimes effect millions and cost billions each year. These crimes do occur in our community and effect people from all age, social, and economic ranges. Sheriff Steve Jeffery would like to provide you with the knowledge and information to better protect yourself and families against these crimes. Here are some Tips:

 

  1. Never give out any of the following information to unknown sources: Date and Place of Birth, Social Security Number, Credit Card Numbers, Mothers Maiden Name, Address, or Phone Number

  2. Review Credit Reports at least once a year. A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires each of the major nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com for your report.

  3. Ensure secure online transactions by locating the closed lock icon at the bottom right side of your web browser before disclosing personal information. Twitter Users! Beware of HTTP shortening methods used to post links on Twitter. Fraudsters are starting to setup fake websites that mirror legitimate websites and posting links to these fake sites using HTTP shortening.

     

  4. Unless absolutely necessary, do not store any financial information on a computer.

     

  5. Prior to discarding a computer, destroy all information contained on the hard drive. A wiping utility is necessary, as formatting will not safely destroy data.

     

  6. Use strong passwords and do not allow programs to save passwords. Examples of a strong password would include a combination of upper and lower case letters, at least one special character (#, *, -, etc.), numbers, and spaces.

     

  7. Use virus protection software and firewalls to prevent the loss of personal information from your computer or the introduction of malware.

     

  8. Always keep track of your wallet, purse, and checkbooks as these are the most common targeted items that thieves look for as they will contain checks, credit cards, and IDs. A more and more common trend or activity among thieves is called shopping. A perpetrator, or group of perpetrators, will walk through parking lots or down city streets just checking car doors to see if vehicles are unlocked. Approximately 85% to 90% of all vehicle break-ins that occurred in our community last year could have been prevented if the owner had locked their doors.

     

  9. We can all help make a change in our community starting now by doing the following when shopping.

  • If your a Consumer and you pay with a check or credit card, start DEMANDING that the merchant or clerk who is taking your money ask to see your ID. Do this every time you checkout and the clerk forgets to. The Merchant will not mind because your helping to keep them from being defrauded too.

  • If your a Merchant make it your companys policy that every time a customer pays with a credit card or check that you DEMAND and the customer MUST present their ID before completing the transaction. The customer should not mind because this will show that you care for them and your helping them from being defrauded.

 

If you find that you have become a victim of a finical crime take these step immediately! In order as follows:

 

  1. Contact the bank that holds your account or the credit card issuer to report the fraud. If you are a victim of check forgery you will have to file a forgery affidavit with your bank before you can proceed with making a police report.

     

  2. File a police report with local law enforcement

     

  3. Place a fraud alert with one (1) of the following credit agencies:

    You only have to call one of these agencies, federal law mandates that the agency you contact must contact the other two.

  • Equifax - 800-525-6285

  • Experian – 888-397-3742

  • TransUnion – 800-680-7289

     

    Last, file a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 877-382-4357. This will help federal and local law enforcement to track and catch organized crime rings across the country and the globe.

 

We at the Independence County Sheriffs Department hope that this information will help to keep your information in your hands. Anyone with questions feel free to contact either Detective Jeff Sims or Detective Brian Luetschwager.



Case Detective: Jimmy Smith
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