It’s no secret that with the advent of the computer, and the size of storage devices, it has become easier to hide data from police when they do searches of homes and businesses; gone are the days when the accountant’s private journal told all and they have been replaced by easy to hide thumbnail drives and SD cards. All of that could be changing though, and police now know a way to get a leg up, four of them actually, on being able to find hidden computer storage devices. They are now using canines that can sniff these compact data storage devices out.
All of this came to light in the major fall from grace of overnight sensation, and Subway spokesperson, Jared Fogle. Yes, the same Jared Fogle who went from being an average guy to being a multimillionaire Subway icon because of all the weight he lost eating Subway sandwiches. Apparently, he is also the guy who had quite a collection of child pornography and an appetite for sex with underage teenage girls. He recently reached a plea bargain with police and pleaded guilty on counts of both possessing child pornography and having sex with minors.
I am assuming that the police had a pretty good idea that Mr. Fogle was guilty because they did not give up easily in their attempt to find evidence and bring charges against him. When police investigators first searched Mr. Fogle’s residence, they found nothing that might be of use in the investigation. That is where ‘Bear,’ a dog that is trained to sniff out computer storage devices, comes into the picture. When he was brought to the Fogle residence, he was able to sniff out a hidden thumb drive within a matter of minutes. Apparently there must have been some pretty overwhelming evidence on the thumb drive for a conviction, given how quickly Mr. Fogle accepted a plea deal after the device was found.
Bear also played a key role in the arrest of Olympic gymnastics coach Marvin Sharp on child molestation charges too. After working just 4 cases, the impressive black lab was so in demand he was sold to the Seattle police department to help their internet crime division. Bear’s owner was able to train him to sniff out the computer devices by using the same ‘you find it you get a reward’ system that is used to train drug sniffing dogs and bloodhounds to pick up a scent and follow it. It seems computer storage devices give off a very distinct odor that the dogs are able to pick up on.
There are currently only 5 such dogs working in the USA, but it’s a pretty safe bet there will be more coming soon. With the use of these dogs, and the success they are having, it looks like man’s best friend will become a major factor in fighting cybercrime and other crimes where key evidence could be stored on easily hidden data devices.
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