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Intel Briefing – September 2012



Inmates made ‘dummies’ to evade headcount during attempted escape.
Three convicted murderers were in a segregation unit at Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Fayette County, West Virginia, after they tried to escape custody, Associated Press reported August 6. The West Virginia Division of Corrections said the three inmates tried to escape the facility late July 17. The inmates evaded a headcount by stuffing pillows and blankets into their beds. The corrections commissioner said the pillow-and-blanket ―dummies‖ made it appear the inmates were sleeping. He said the July 17 escape attempt shows why correctional officers are taught to physically see inmates before counting them in the headcount. He said the inmates were located within 15 minutes after their attempted escape and captured.

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Allentown Police Department switches to encrypted radios; communications will not be publicly accessible.
The Allentown, Pennsylvania Police Department switched to encrypted radios August 6, meaning the public will no longer be able to listen to dispatch radio chatter. City officials said the change was made to increase officer safety and enhance operational security, particularly by preventing criminals from listening to radio traffic on commercially available scanners and smartphone apps. Encrypted radio transmissions will sound distorted to regular listeners, and police communication will only be heard by listeners with the proper encryption key. The Allentown Fire Department and EMS communications will not be affected and will still be able to be heard on normal police scanners and smartphone apps.

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Four accused of stealing copper from Limerick nuclear plant, other power substations.
Four people who allegedly stole copper from several PECO substations, including one on Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick Generating Station property in Limerick, Pennsylvania, were charged with felony burglary and related offenses, Montgomery News reported August 8. Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick police departments allege the four conspired and participated in varying capacities in burglarizing many PECO substations throughout Limerick, West Pottsgrove, Pottstown, and Lower Pottsgrove in 2010 and 2011, according to court documents. Local investigators met with one suspect in March 2012 after he became a suspect in copper thefts from surrounding substations from several power companies in Pottstown and Berks County after he ―nearly lost his life during a theft of copper‖ in Berks County, said court documents. Investigators said the thefts resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Investigators note that a suspect detailed how during the burglaries he, his wife, and two accomplices would drive to the location where the burglary would take place, and on most occasions his wife would drop him and at least one of the other two off at the location to carry out the alleged burglary.

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