The recent string of armed robberies at retail businesses in Lincoln has been a gold mine for the Monday morning quarterbacks. I've been biting my lip for a week or so, as the social media pundits have piled on a bit. All the while, I knew that a rather massive stakeout detail involving over two dozen officers from four different city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies was underway. I was rather confident that the suspect would be identified and apprehended in fairly short order.
I also knew later in the week that he investigation had focused in on a particularly good suspect, and that an extensive surveillance project was underway to locate his whereabouts. Again, only a matter of time would be involved. Here's a news flash: the general public virtually never knows what is really going on behind the scenes, and the police are not going to tell the press about their undercover operations, surveillance projects, and stakeout details.
What's the purpose of pulling stakeouts and surveillance, if you're going to tell the bad guys where you're at, who you're looking for, and what you're doing? More than a few of the snarky comments during the week caused me to bristle a bit, but I had to keep it to myself. Basically, you can assume in almost any criminal investigation that you only know a fraction of the facts.
Nice work by all involved. While our armed robbery rate for 2015 has taken an early hit, the clearance rate for robberies will be off to a fine start as well.