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Child Pornography Investigation Stems from Alert Customer

Tanning salon owner Joseph Layland was a friend to many of his customers until  charged with using a hidden camera to record customers in the Malden, Missouri tanning spot. Formerly “DJ’s Tan and Tone” has closed while the owner waits for trial in jail and police investigate.

Local TV site KFVS reported that police officials seized approximately 500 DVDs and videos, 18-hours of surveillance footage, and two computer hard drives as evidence in what is likely to be the Show Me State’s largest pornography crime. Continue reading

Words from the Boss: Cloned Debit Cards Add to ATM Thefts

Technology makes our lives easier, or at least it’s supposed to; yet, as our understanding  improves and complicated processes, such as computer programming, become more user-friendly,  some decide to use these innovations to prey upon others.

ATM skimming-devices, for instance, have evolved from clunky, obvious pieces of fake auto-bank teller equipment to sleek, undetectable theft devices that are unnoticeable to untrained eyes. As the equipment becomes better, the criminals grow in sophistication, often stealing hundreds of thousands in others’ money before being discovered. Continue reading

Criminal Behavior Repeats Itself

An Illinois man from Grayslake, accused of shooting a dog, was held on $400,000 bond earlier this week. Mr. Elvin Dooley shot a black Chow-mix on Tuesday, January 26th, 2009. The dog was left in the parking lot of a No-Kill adoption center on according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
The court also ordered Mr. Dooley to turn in 21 weapons and rounds of ammunition that were found by police when he was arrested. According to the Daily Herald, Dooley had thousands of rounds.

 

The story unfolded on Tuesday when the animal was dropped off. Employees were trying to convince the dog to enter the shelter when it ran off with the manager of the shelter giving chase in her car. The dog cut across a field near Townline road
when she heard a gunshot.

She noticed a man holding a rifle aiming from the front of his house, and then heard two more shots. She then confronted the man, but he ran into his house. She picked up the wounded animal and took it to an emergency vet.

The dog died from a gunshot wound to its neck. Dooley was arrested on Friday for aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony.
Not surprisingly, Elvin Dooley had done a a couple of stints in prison, once in Alabama in 1974, and again for a West Virgina burglary conviction in 1996. Some people just never figure it out…

Oh, some additional charges that he racked up after killing the dog: Unlawful use of a weapon (felons aren’t allowed to vote or possess firearms), unlawful possession of ammo (felons can’t have bullets, either), and possession of weapons with an Illinois State Firearms ID.
Dooley, of course, denied he’d been shooting his gun. Then, he changed the story, saying that he fired his rifle at some cans. He was also ignorant to the fact that he’d shot a stray dog that was running with his scoped rifle…it must have gotten in the way of the cans.

The part-time hardware store worker doubts that the store will take him back due to all of the publicity. Boo Hoo. Maybe he’ll get free room and board, a courtesy extended to him by the taxpayers of Illinois.

It’s unknown whether he’ll be able to make his bail, which is 10% of the total bond amount, or $40,000. Maybe he should sell his gun collection…oh…never mind. The police have it.

And there you have it…idiotic crime of the week. Remember when I said that criminals were stupid?

Another Brainiac: Points Gun at Police, Rams Car into Cruiser

I think that we do a pretty good job of pointing out that often the best way to avoid crime is to outwit the criminal. While this probably isn’t the first thought that comes to mind if you’re involved in an altercation as a victim, being aware of your situation and location at all times will help you at least prepare your mental reaction. The biggest thing to overcome when the victim of a crime is the shock; however, if you’ve prepared yourself by at least knowing your surroundings, location, and any possible problems you may encounter, that shock will be lessened.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the desperate, soon-to-be-convicted felon. His name is Jason Shelley, age 29, from the far South Side of Chicago; he pointed a gun at officers and then took his vehicle and smashed it into their police car. This happened in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Shelley was fleeing from, of all things, a traffic stop. Nice.

The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers’ squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

The traffic stop has turned into a felony charge plus a couple misdemeanors for Shelly, who once lived on West 111th Street. He is being charged with felony criminal damage for the police car crash as well as two misdemeanor chargers of aggravated assault. One for pointing the weapon at the officers, and the other for hitting their car. He was also given tickets for driving on a suspended license and without insurance.

The chase and arrest began about 1 a.m. in the Pullman neighborhood when the officers pulled the suspect’s vehicle over for a traffic violation. As the officers got out of the cruiser, the driver stomped on the gas and fled. The officers gave chase. During the flight and subsequent chase, the fleeing car hit a light pole, and as officers neared, the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Shelly then put his car in reverse and rammed the officers’ squad car, jumped out and ran. He was arrested a short time later.