Tulsa police related to the Boston bombing investigation when two suspects were identified through surveillance video.
TPD posted on its Facebook page on Friday:
As in the case in Boston, cameras are helpful in identifying suspects and catching criminals everywhere.
When police are looking for suspects, they will drive by locations looking for security cameras and they are finding more and more attached to area businesses and private homes.
In two recent local cases they were vital to identifying suspects. Cameras assisted in identifying suspects in the murder of Kayla Ferrante and the Best Buy shooting.
"It's a significant part of law enforcement because there is nothing the criminal can do to circumvent that. There is no way that our criminals will go and look at surveillance cameras up and down the street to determine when they are going to commit some kind of crime," said Dave Walker, Tulsa Police, lead homicide detective.
Police say when it comes to getting video, it's not usually a problem with individuals or businesses.
The Boston bombing investigators sifted through thousands of photos, videos, and images of people from the marathon’s finish line to finally identify the two suspects on Thursday.
TPD referenced how they also used surveillance video in two recent crimes: the Best Buy shooting and the shooting death of 17-year-old Kayla Ferrante.
In the Best Buy shooting last July, police used Best Buy’s security cameras to identify the men involved and also Tulsa Promenade Mall’s security cameras.
In Ferrante’s shooting in May of 2012, police were able to use personal home surveillance video to recognize the suspect’s vehicle.