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: Grits for Breakfast

Two crimes solved by informants show snitching pros and cons

By Gritsforbreakfast

Here are two police informant stories I heard this week, one old, one new, that resulted in arrest of perpetrators, including a dirty cop:First, at a Texas Public Policy Foundation event on Thursday, state Sen. John Whitmire told a story I've heard him relate before about the time in the '90s when he and his now-ex wife were robbed at gunpoint in their garage. An armed "crackhead" stole his money clip and wallet, then took off, but Whitmire added an tidbit I hadn't heard him mention before: The robbers were captured weeks later, he said, because one of the five people in the car turned out to be a police snitch! (Go here to listen to Whitmire's talk at the TPPF event.)I don't know the particulars, but let's assume for a moment that person had been in trouble with the law, and authorities put him back out on the street to gather information instead of prosecuting, which is the usual method for turning a snitch...continue to full post

Full post as published by Grits for Breakfast on January 13, 2008 (boomark / email).

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