Crime forecast program aids arrests

By The Mercury

RCPD arrested two suspects believed to be responsible for victimizing over thirty community members since at least last month utilizing a crime forecast program.

The result of an ongoing investigation into multiple vehicle burglaries in the Manhattan area led to the arrests of Dustin Thomure, 21, of 2500 Farm Bureau Road #363 and a 16-year-old juvenile male of Manhattan.

Officers responded to the area of 2500 block of Farm Bureau Road at approximately 3:15 a.m. Friday for a report of vehicle burglary.

The 2500 block of Farm Bureau Road (Redbud Estates) was identified by the RCPD Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) as an Initiative: Laser Point area for its higher statistical likelihood for crime prior to this incident. CIU was also able to pinpoint a more specific area in this mobile home community.

Initiative: Laser Point is a program that was created by RCPD based on the Hot Spot Policing concept, which places officers in areas where they are more effective at reducing crime throughout the jurisdiction.

Thomure and the juvenile were confined for the offenses of burglary. Thomure was also arrested for contributing to a child’s misconduct and was held in lieu of a $23,000 bond. The juvenile was transported to the North Central Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Facility in Junction City due to his age.

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