The Forensic Heros

The Forensic Heros

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  • Marsha, did you know the jewelry store around the corner was robbed yesterday  
  • What! Oh my!
  • I found fingerprints boss
  • Why don't we just send the prints over to the lab?
  • AFIS isn't working, the system is down
  • Good idea
  • On May 19, 2009, it was a beautiful Sunday morning. Will and his wife Marsha were enjoying their coffee when Will found an article in the newspaper that caught his eye. It was about jewelry store being robbed. 
  • Will began to read the article out loud. There was a robbery at a local jewelry store. The suspect left a few fingerprints behind. The crime scene unit (CSU) found them when they were dusting the counters. 
  • Ok, Ok! I robbed the jewelry store.
  • The prints matched. So do you wanna tell me again that you didn't rob the store!
  • The police tried to run the prints through AFIS, but the system was down. They had to get someone to look over the prints manually, so they had someone at the forensic lab do it.
  • Wow! Marsha could you believe that? That's crazy.
  • That is very shocking. 
  • At the lab, there were 3 scientists that were reviewing the prints. The first print was a double loop whorl. It had an eye, bifurcation, and spur. The second print was also a double loop whorl and had the same characteristics. The third print was a central pocket loop. It had a spur, delta, and ridge ending. 
  • The police had a suspect in custody and got his prints. The 3 scientists were able to match the prints from the scene to the ones the cops got from the suspect. After the police told him the prints matched, the suspect immediately confessed to the robbery. He was arrested, convicted for theft, and sentenced to ten years in prison. 
  • The 3 scientists saved the day because if it wasn't for them, the police probably would have never caught the guy. Will and Marsha were pretty shocked about what happened and had never thought it would happen in their town. 
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