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Secretary of State presents award, grant to Gautier PD

Secretary of State presents $1000 to Gautier Police Department
Gautier PD also receives first-ever Golden Cat Award

Jackson, Miss. - Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and representatives of LeadsOnline presented Gautier Police Department with the first ever "Golden Cat" Award and a $1000 grant.

"Gautier Police Department was able to catch an individual charged with capital murder by using a statewide scrap metal system our Agency implemented to curb metal theft," says Secretary Hosemann.  "They, along with many other law enforcement agencies across the State, have put a major dent in metal theft related crimes across the State."

In their application for the Mississippi Golden Cat Award, Gautier PD reports they doubled the number of solved metal theft cases since Secretary Hosemann implemented the LeadsOnline Metal Theft Investigations System (MTIS) in 2008. Gautier PD used the system to make an arrest in a homicide case in 2012.

"LeadsOnline was a major tool in this investigation and helped police make an arrest in a capital murder case," says Gautier Police Chief Dante Elbin.

On August 8, 2012, Gautier Police responded to a call of a body burning inside a truck along Highway 57 in Gautier. The victim was Jacob "Jack" Markowitz, who owned a local catalytic converter recycling business in Biloxi. Detectives used photos and vehicle information captured in the LeadsOnline system to identify Steven Brown as a suspect and link him to the crime scene.

"My detectives believe LeadsOnline helped cut hours off this investigation, allowing them to make an arrest and quickly recover key evidence such as the murder weapon," adds Chief Elbin.

"LeadsOnline has become an invaluable tool in registering and cataloguing scrap metal transactions across the State," says Secretary Hosemann. "Law enforcement have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of stolen property and countless metal thieves have been stopped because of this system."

About the Golden Cat Award: The award and grant funds are provided by LeadsOnline. The award is given to the agency which exemplifies the greatest impact in the fight against metal theft. Mississippi law enforcement agencies were encouraged to track and submit cases using LeadsOnline MTIS. The winning agency is also awarded two (2) paid registrations to the 2014 LeadsOnline Leadership Conference to further educate metal theft investigators.