CVMW Fugitive of the Week

Attached is this week’s CVMW Fugitive of the Week.

Thank you,

Lieutenant R.F. Horowitz
Chesterfield County Police Department
Special Investigation Division
Tactical Investigations Unit
Desk: (804) 706-2821
Office: (804) 796-7091
P.O. Box 148,
Chesterfield, Va. 23832

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2-20-15 News Release

2015-02-20 Gun-Drug Seizure.doc

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Map of 2014 Unsolved Crimes in Plano TX

Periodically, SpotCrime will look at historical crime data and create our “crimelist” maps.

For this one, we looked at all the open, unsolved crimes for 2014 in Plano, TX.

Here’s a link to the Plano Police website with the crimes listed:

And here’s a link to the SpotCrime crimelist of the unsolved crimes mapped:,%2060174453,%2060174455,%2060174517,%2060174454,%2060174891,%2060174887,%2060174892

Help Solve These Crimes
If you have any information that can help us solve any of the following crimes, please contact the North Texas Crime Stoppers.

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Facebook robbery suspect arrested by US Marshals

Please see the attached probable cause affidavit for the arrest Friday of Benjamin Burton for robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. Burton, 19, responded to a Facebook posting for a Kawasaki dirt bike. When the seller went to deliver the item, Burton pointed a handgun at his face and chest and took the bike. Officers later recovered the bike at Burton’s mother’s house.

Special thanks to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, which located and arrested Burton at an apartment in Delray Beach on Friday. Burton remains in the Palm Beach County Jail.


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No Crime in Durham

Dear Durham Subscribers,

There were many crimes in Durham this past week as reported on the new crime mapping system, including 3 sexual assaults, 12 robberies, and over 15 aggravated assaults, but SpotCrime no longer has access to this data. SpotCrime, the largest crime alerting system in the US, is not permitted to tell you where it happened.

You are able to look at the information if you go to the city supported vendor crime map, but that’s it. Don’t copy the information down, don’t share the information on social media platforms like Facebook, and don’t ask your news agency to cover it because doing these things may be violating the new rules you’ve been forced to agree to with the new vendor website.

We have heard that the City of Durham is working towards open data initiatives, however, we have gotten conflicting information from the city about crime data being made available.

The most recent statement from the city states that while many data sets will be made available, the crime data will be subject to a quality assurance approval process before it is placed on the open data platform. As other cities in North Carolina like Raleigh and Asheville are opening up all their data sets, it looks like Durham will now be slowing down access to crime information.

We are certain that no city in the US has moved towards greatness by making public access less transparent, and we are confident in saying that no police department has improved by reducing open access to crime data.

Please ask your elected officials to explain these new restrictions set forth by the new vendor. Why can the press no longer have timely access? Why can’t you share crime information on social media platforms like Facebook?

Let’s help get this data open and unrestricted for everyone again. Open data is transparent data. Restricted data is perversion of public trust.

We have more updates planned for the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.


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Police agencies do not get better when they limit access to data.

There has never been an example of the quality of policing getting better when a police department elects to restrict or remove public access to crime data. Quite often policing quality declines along with public trust when access to data is limited or removed. No public agency gets better when they move to hide or restrict public access to data. Any short term benefit of controlling the message to the public is outweighed by the long term benefit of an better run more accountable transparent organization.

Colin Drane

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Steve Schewel of Durham City Concil equates restricted access with transparency

Dear Friends Who Wrote about Crime Mapper,

Thanks for writing about this important issue of transparency. Unfortunately, the people from SpotCrime spread some inaccurate information, as you will see from the letter below from our Chief of Police. The changes which the Chief describe are smart, appropriate, better for the police, better for fighting crime, better for the public, transparent and free. As a city council member in Durham, my only interest in this is to make sure that we have a free, transparent system that is helpful in fighting crime. I think we have that system with these changes, and I think this letter from the Chief does a good job of explaining why.

Thanks again for writing–and for caring.

Best wishes,
Steve Schewel
Durham City Council

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