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Device helps BG police gather evidence

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Bowling Green Police Department is going high-tech to keep people safe. A new device has already helped them crack multiple cases.

Celebrite is a piece of equipment that helps police download cell phone information. When the department gets a search warrant for a cell phone, or any type of electronic device that has been seized in a criminal case, they can hook it up to Celebrite, which draws data from the device and breaks it up into categories. This allows police to go through the information that can help solve a case.

"Say we're dealing with a drug dealer," explained Deputy Chief Tony Hetrick. "They make drug deals with people on their cell phones sometimes, and that data would be captured."

Without Celebrite, it was difficult for the department to extract information from electronic devices. It's helped them with numerous cases.

"We've executed 30 search warrants resulting in multiple criminal charges, for anything from sexual assault, drug dealing…voyeurism," Hetrick said. "We've been able to use that device to get evidence to help us present these cases in court."

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