Branson Police Use LeadsOnline to Recover Famous Country Singer’s Stolen Guitars

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With the assistance of LeadsOnline, Branson Police recovered numerous guitars and firearms belonging to a famous country singer. The victim's stolen possessions were valued at approximately $50,000.

"By using LeadsOnline, we were able to quickly identify the stolen items." - Detective Daniel Smithson

Police have recovered over $25,000 worth of property stolen from a famous country singer. All of the victim’s guitars, some of which autographed by country artists including Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn and Toby Keith, were stolen in addition to nine firearms, and various memorabilia. All six guitars and three firearms were recovered with the nationwide search capabilities of LeadsOnline.

The victim reported the theft on Nov. 7 when approximately $50,000 worth of his property was stolen while he was out of town. Automated reports through LeadsOnline alerted police that some of the property was sold to businesses in Harrison, Ark. and multiple cities in Missouri. Items were allegedly stolen between June and Nov. 10. The suspect was apprehended within a week of the report.

“By using LeadsOnline, we were able to quickly identify the stolen items,” said Detective Daniel Smithson. “There are so many pawn shops in our area and in Springfield, it would have taken countless hours if we had to go to each and every one of those shops to try and identify stolen property. On top of that, without LeadsOnline we may not have identified the business in Arkansas that received one of the stolen items.”

LeadsOnline is a nationwide system used by law enforcement to track stolen property that may have been sold across city, county and even state line. More than 130 agencies in Missouri and more than 2,750 agencies nationwide use LeadsOnline to instantly search for stolen property that may have been sold at secondhand stores, pawn shops, internet drop off stores, or scrap metal recyclers, across all 50 states.

“Working in Law Enforcement, it’s always our goal to satisfy innocent victims. When you’re able to recover most of their stolen property, there’s a lot of satisfaction in that,” Det. Smithson said.

The suspect is currently being held in the Taney County Jail charged with stealing property over $25,000, a Class B felony. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. Information in this release is in reference to Branson Police Department case number BR-13-18010.

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About LeadsOnline:
LeadsOnline ( is the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 4,700 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies. The LeadsOnline system serves as an efficient and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world’s largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the New York City Police Department, Chicago Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.

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