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(12 year old) Amateur Sleuth Jessica Maple Saw Clues Police Missed and Confronts Robbers
ABC ^ | August 20, 2011 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB

Posted on 08/24/2011 11:40:21 PM PDT by lowbridge

A 12-year-old amateur sleuth beat police at their own game by cracking the case of who ransacked her late great-grandmother's home last month.

Jessica Maple honed her detective skills at a Junior District Attorney camp in Atlanta this summer, sponsored by the Fulton County DA's office.

Police told Jessica, and her mother Stephanie, that whoever robbed the home would have had to have entered with a key, since such large items were stolen and there were no signs of forced entry, Jessica said.

But the curious 12-year-old knew something wasn't right. Her parents were the only two people who had keys.

She asked her mother to take her to investigate a few days later.

"I went to the side of the house and looked at the garage," Jessica told ABCNews.com

"The windows were broken. There were finger prints by the glass. Everything was ramshackled. There were clothes everywhere."

Jessica Maple, 12, is an amateur sleuth who beat police at their own game by cracking the case of who ransacked her late great-grandmother's home last month.

Not only did Jessica find a crucial clue police missed, but she took it one step further by visiting a pawn shop down the street.

Sure enough, she found her great-grandmother's furniture for sale.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: atlanta

1 posted on 08/24/2011 11:40:25 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Inspector Clouseau? Didn’t even inspect the whole periphery of the building which had suffered the theft?


2 posted on 08/24/2011 11:44:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: lowbridge

>>”He was like ‘You beat me to this stuff’ and I was like, ‘ I did your job again,’” she said.<<

Across the board, the police don’t take theft as a very important crime. I have had 2 apartments burglarized and the police reaction was the same: “*SHRUG* - tough noogies, we don’t care.”

And they wonder why we strongly consider vigilanltism..


3 posted on 08/24/2011 11:47:58 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s pretty easy to beat the cops in cases like this because usually you’ll be lucky if they spend more than a few seconds trying to solve it.


4 posted on 08/24/2011 11:48:18 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: freedumb2003

Agreed. They couldn’t give a rats ass who broke into your house. My parents had their house broken into, it didn’t even make the local small town paper. Lots of collectors items stolen. Never heard a thing about it in 8 years now.


5 posted on 08/24/2011 11:49:58 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: rjeffries

That’s sad, but it looks just like that was what happened. When the grandparents called to report the theft and the occifer showed up, they never said anything about a garage being broken into. Because the occifer couldn’t see it, he never thought of that as a possibility.

Inspector Clouseau and the Keystone Kops are elegant exercises in competence compared with this. This kid was no Encyclopedia Brown in a skirt, she simply pointed out the obvious.


6 posted on 08/24/2011 11:56:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: lowbridge

“The pawn shop manager told Jessica he knew one of the guys well because he frequently brought it items.”

Sounds more like a fence for stolen property than a pawn shop.


7 posted on 08/24/2011 11:56:26 PM PDT by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: lowbridge

‘STOP BUGGING US! We’re exhausted from running that speed trap all day, and tonight we’re working overtime setting up a roadblock and making people show papers in the name of road safety...’

Why is crime down in a lot of cities? Because of all the hoops you have to go through to report a simple crime. In a lot of cities, if you’ve got a house broken into, you’d be told that you have to go down to the police station and file a report, no officer will ever visit the crime scene, and maybe, if you’re lucky, the stolen property report MIGHT be checked before they auction off unclaimed property found with criminals...


8 posted on 08/24/2011 11:57:06 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: lowbridge

Hell, I found the car theif’s WALLET inside my abandoned car and the cops did nothing about it.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 12:02:24 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: lowbridge
Despite all of the evidence, no arrests have been made by police, who are in a different jurisdiction than Howard's.

"They have all the evidence," Jessica said. "I have no idea what is taking so long!"

She had to go to the pawn shop down the street to find the booty, now she has to go across the street to the donut shop to find the cops.

10 posted on 08/25/2011 12:09:43 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Uncle Miltie
Hell, I found the car theif’s WALLET inside my abandoned car and the cops did nothing about it.

See! They need to raise taxes so the Police can do their job. /s

11 posted on 08/25/2011 12:10:50 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: lowbridge

She will be a worthy successor to "The Lady" ...

12 posted on 08/25/2011 12:18:54 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: lowbridge
The gutsy, crime-fighting pre-teen, accompanied by her mother, then went to one robber's home and confronted him.

This would have been a far different story if the young crime fighter and her mother were raped and shot dead by the meth head thief. This mother should be up on charges for being dangerously reckless and stupid.

13 posted on 08/25/2011 12:21:46 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: kingu

I think you meant, “STOP BUGGING US! There’s a sale at Dunkin’ Donuts!”


14 posted on 08/25/2011 12:41:02 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: freedumb2003

The police’s position on crime is that, and it’s mostly due to a lack of manpower and resources, as long as nobody got hurt in the course of a break-in, the people who do this stuff will spend time in prison, if not for this crime, then some other crime.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Uncle Miltie

With all due respect finding a wallet in your car after it has been stolen is no proof that the owner of the wallet stole you car (wallet could have been stolen too)- without further corroborative evidence it would not get a conviction. You would hope, however, that it would give the Police cause to fingerprint your vehicle and interview the person.

It’s the lack of action that annoys people most of the time even if the Police can’t make a case.

Mel


16 posted on 08/25/2011 12:58:55 AM PDT by melsec
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To: Uncle Miltie

I’m surprised they didn’t arrest you.


17 posted on 08/25/2011 12:59:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: lowbridge

When you see cops talking to each other they’re talking about how long before they can retire and how much they’ll be getting.


18 posted on 08/25/2011 1:34:09 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: freedumb2003
>"Across the board, the police don’t take theft as a very important crime."

Crime doesn't pay!

Traffic violators, and taxpayers do!

19 posted on 08/25/2011 1:40:49 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: lowbridge
Despite all of the evidence, no arrests have been made by police

Disgraceful.

20 posted on 08/25/2011 1:44:02 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: lowbridge
""The windows were broken. There were finger prints by the glass. Everything was ramshackled. There were clothes everywhere."

Jessica isn't the amateur here; whoever missed this the first time is the amateur.

21 posted on 08/25/2011 1:53:21 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: melsec
It’s the lack of action that annoys people most of the time even if the Police can’t make a case.

Then other times, they get very involved and try to set someone up, anyone, to be the perp(s).

I'm surprised they didn't accuse the girl and her granny of an inside job to get insurance money and that they were working with the thieves but turned them in because they didn't give them their cut of the pawn money.

22 posted on 08/25/2011 2:58:17 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: freedumb2003

Nancy Drew Ping*

You go Girl!


23 posted on 08/25/2011 3:03:41 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: freedumb2003

Our shop was robbed about 20 years ago and we called the cops, told them the color and make of the car because someone had seen them drive away. Told them the size and make of the tires because our son worked at a tire shop at the time and knew tire tracks. Actually found the vehicle and owner and told the sheriff and they didn’t do anything. They told us they didn’t have enough evidence to question them.

After this guy ripped off about a dozen homes and shops, they finally caught him but they didn’t take it seriously until then.


24 posted on 08/25/2011 3:30:19 AM PDT by tiki
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To: lowbridge
My first cousin retired as lieutenant of detectives on the NYPD, so I hate saying this, but a lot of cops aren't worth a pitcher of warm piss.

I think it was Margret Thatcher who said that the more government does things it oughtn't be doing, the less well it does the things it should be doing.

I'll betcha those coppers are all trained in diversity and political correctness, but aren't worth a pitcher of warm piss for protecting the public.

25 posted on 08/25/2011 3:39:31 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: lowbridge

This is a prime example of what happens when folks are paid simply because they can convert oxygen into CO2. This investigator will be paid the same amount this Friday as he was last Friday whether he finds your heirlooms or plays Angry Birds all week, so guess which one he’s gonna do. No accountability and no need for production minimums means people get paid basically for just showing up! Union style. Investigating and arresting crooks costs money and is potentially dangerous while writing Granny a traffic citation is revenue positive. So if you get paid the same to get shot at as you do to eat donuts and write traffic tickets guess one gets done! To Serve and Protect my ass.


26 posted on 08/25/2011 3:39:41 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: lowbridge
"Jessica Maple....is an amateur sleuth....."

Maybe she should change her name to Miss Jessica Marple.

Leni

27 posted on 08/25/2011 3:47:16 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: lowbridge

I saw the girl on the news a week or so ago. She was very articulate and smart. She was a breath of fresh air from so many young black kids these days. I predict she will do very well in life.


28 posted on 08/25/2011 3:49:49 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: lowbridge

The police just look as if they are just lazy.


29 posted on 08/25/2011 3:51:31 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: rjeffries

Some years ago our house was broken into while we were at relatives on Christmas day. Cops finally showed up. Didn’t both with fingerprints or questioning neighbors or anything. Just did some paperwork. Really no point in calling the cops if no one was hurt.

I hate burglars. I enjoy reading stories where they are shot by the homeowners.


30 posted on 08/25/2011 3:52:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: MinuteGal; Miss Marple

Maybe you should ping a FReeper when you mention her! :-)


31 posted on 08/25/2011 3:58:44 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Uncle Miltie
Hell, I found the car theif’s WALLET inside my abandoned car and the cops did nothing about it.

Years ago, my checkbook was stolen from my office by a security guard and he wrote several checks both for cash and merchandise.

The dumbass used his own drivers license as ID so we had no trouble in finding the perp.

The perp was a 6'5" 300 pound black, with a series of arrests but no convictions, as his grandmother was a big shot in local demonRAT politics, and she always got him off.

The cop {also a black guy}, knew the perp and really wanted to put him away.

The perp even called my home and left a threatening voice message {a real genius}.

With all this evidence, the day of the trial, the DA made a deal and let the perp walk with probation.

The cop was pissed and predicted that it would take a murder to get this scum off the street.

He was right, about 15 years later, the perp was killed in a drug deal that went bad.

This street cop really cared but the "legal system" mixed with demonRAT politics, eventually cost this thief, drug dealer and killer his life.

32 posted on 08/25/2011 4:28:01 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: lowbridge

Cops don’t consider theft a crime.
My daughter recently had her house broken into and her TVs, computers, several guns, and other items swiped.
He got home in time to snap a cellphone photo of the thief’s pickup truck clearly showing the license plates and several identifiable items of her property in the back with her house clearly showing in the background.
The police did nothing. They told her that the thief only recently got out of prison and that he’s trying to go straight and can’t get work and besides, nobody was hurt.
This happened in a well known gambling hot spot in Nevada.
Did I mention that the cops also told her that he was an illegal Mexican just trying to feed his illegal family?


33 posted on 08/25/2011 4:33:13 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

More like Keystone Cops.


34 posted on 08/25/2011 4:35:33 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: lowbridge

I have often said that the writing on the back of police vehicles that say’s State Police, should be changed to Highway Patrol, since that’s about all it does.

The exception of course is when they dress up in their soldier outfits to make a raid on someone’s home.Last year they were sent to a home for a military man who was threatening suicide. They saved him the trouble by having a police sniper shoot him.

Mostly for Theft around here, they take a report, seldom bother to take fingerprints, and you never hear from them again. Then again why bother, as the courts just turn them loose with a stern warning.


35 posted on 08/25/2011 4:49:20 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: rjeffries

Many moons ago, I was sitting in the left turn lane when my light turned green and I preceded into the intersection. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw an older Suburban come flying through the intersection in front of me traveling right to left. As he flew by, I caught a glimpse of his face and I noticed bits of rubber flying through the air in his wake. When he passed, I cleared the intersection, falling in some distance behind him and I watched as he drove at high speed around the bend and out of sight.

A few seconds later, I heard sirens and could see a couple of police cars coming up behind me, so I pulled over. As I started to pull back on to the road, I heard a few more sirens and I pulled back over and along comes a few more police cars. When they blew past me, I pulled back on to the road and continued in the same direction, realizing that all these police cars were after the guy in the Suburban. As I drove along, I could see the trail of fresh rubber in the road from this guy’s truck (apparently he had run over a deployed spike strip earlier) and then I started hearing more sirens and saw two police cars coming from the opposite direction.

As I approached the next side street, I saw a large piece of tire on the edge of somebody’s front lawn on the far side of the turn and that drew my attention to the obvious fresh scars in the pavement that appeared to be left by tire rims. The scars were making a swooping turn to the right onto the side street. So... I hit my blinker and turned in to the neighborhood.

As I slowly made my way down the older tree-lined neighborhood, at about 7 or 8 houses in, I saw a few more fresh scars in the road pulling into a driveway. The driveway led down a steep incline and off to the left to a carport behind a few trees. And there, in the carport, was the Suburban I saw just minutes earlier plowing through the intersection.

I continued down the street, and after a few blocks saw a police car speeding toward me, I slowed to a stop and waved my hand out the window. He braked and pulled up to me, rolling his window down. I told him that if he was looking for a tan Suburban, go about 3 blocks down on the left and look down the driveway and he’ll find it under the carport. He rolled up his window and sped off.

Out of curiosity, I turned around and headed back that way and the police officer was in front of the house and 3 more patrol cars were rolling up. I stopped a couple of driveways up the street where I got a good view of the police and the house and within minutes, there were 10 more police cars from the state, the county and our local town. As they went to the front door to arrest this guy, I got out and was talking with some of his neighbors. Apparently, he had been layed off from a white collar job, wife and kids left and down on his luck, we found out from listening to the police radio on a patrol car sitting a few feet away, that he had just robbed a bank.

The funny part came when they hauled him off and a few officers were all standing around and one guy came up to the guy I flagged down and was smiling and reached to high-five him and said, “I heard YOU found him! YOU DA MAAAN!” The cop had a broad grin as he turned looking in my direction and I just smiled, shook my head and left.


36 posted on 08/25/2011 4:58:44 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: lowbridge

Are you sure it’s Maple and not Marple?


37 posted on 08/25/2011 5:02:58 AM PDT by reg45
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To: Hatteras
Charley Taylor was in the process of closing his Cottontail Lounge/Restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa when he spotted a young man approaching the front entry wearing a ski mask. Charley picked up his Browning Hi-Power pistol and slipped out the back door to come around and confront the would-be robber.
Realizing the crook was also armed, Charley fired twice, hitting the front door of the lounge. The perp dropped his gun and ran toward a waiting car with Charley right behind him. Charley emptied the magazine, blowing the rear tires and ventilating the trunk and rear window.
Not a single round found its intended target but the Urbandale police said the stickup man was found whimpering in the back floor of the get-away car. They also offered Charley a few hours of range time at the Urbandale PD.
38 posted on 08/25/2011 6:06:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Had Enough ?)
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To: lowbridge
I am not familiar with the word ramshackled.
39 posted on 08/25/2011 6:08:05 AM PDT by OldEagle
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To: BuffaloJack
In the Democratic People's Republic of MD, County of Baltimore, property crime is officially considered "merely an insurance matter."

One problem with that attitude is that when things do not go smoothly during the crime, violence often results. We often hear about a murder "when a burglary went bad."

Incidentally, the fact that no force was used does not necessarily mean that a key was used. Most locks are frighteningly vulnerable to a simple technique called bumping.

40 posted on 08/25/2011 6:10:53 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: lowbridge

And they would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for that meddling kid!


41 posted on 08/25/2011 7:28:53 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: lowbridge
An interesting comment from the site. Does this apply only in Georgia or is this the norm?

Unfortunately she said that the police had not made an arrest yet. The reason for this is that it is no longer a crimincal case. By law, it is automatically demoted to a civil case when the family confronted the burgler directly. When you intervene in a police investigation (regardless of how slow they are) and have direct interaction with the criminal, you legally place the police out of jurisdiction for the case. I know, I made this mistake before.

42 posted on 08/25/2011 7:44:48 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>>This kid was no Encyclopedia Brown<<

Holy MOLEY what a reference!

I read every single Encyclopedia Brown book cover to cover. He and “Danny Dunn” were my heroes in my childhood!

Thanks for the great memories that rushed in :)


43 posted on 08/25/2011 7:47:58 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: lowbridge

“Junior District Attorney camp”

wow, this sounds like a bad, bad idea

it also sounds like the worst summer camp ever


44 posted on 08/25/2011 10:32:56 AM PDT by fnord (Republicans are just the right-wing of the left-wing of American politics)
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To: Oatka

Unless, I suppose, you’re fortunate and armed enough to make a citizen’s arrest of the burglar, calling the cops right away and turning the culprit over to them. Assuming there’s a live burglar to turn over....


45 posted on 08/25/2011 12:11:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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