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POSTED: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:39pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:44pm

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new computerized crime-fighting program this week.

Commissioners unanimously approved spending just less than $3,000 a year to access the database of LEADS Online, a computerized program that allows access to information on items being sold at pawn shops and scrap dealers nationwide. The system has been used in Gregg County for a couple of years.

The database includes information on sellers as well.

“We believe this would be an important tool in helping us to track down items stolen in the county, particularly metal stolen from oil field work sites,” said Lt. Deputy David Marshall.

Participating in the program would cost $2,848 annually. However, it could be paid for with seizure funds, the money made by selling off items the sheriff’s department seizes as part of criminal activities, so wouldn’t cost the county anything directly, Marshall said.

County Judge Joel Hale said taking part was an easy decision.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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