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Perhaps stifled creatively by its recent inability to include murder victim arrest records in press releases, the New Orleans Police Department has turned to Depression-era hardboiled cop films and/or comics for its inspiration. See today's ACTION ITEM!, which is actually pretty impressive on its own merits:

Criminal Intelligence Center Team Thwarts Murder-for-Hire Scheme (Note: The email's subject line reads "Criminal Intelligence Center Team Foils Murder-for-Hire Plot," which I think is better.)

(February 23, 2012)- New Orleans Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies and Louisiana State Troopers- all working collaboratively in the Criminal Intelligence Center (CIC) in Jefferson Parish- foiled a robbery and murder-for-hire plot on a New Orleans businessman before it happened, and arrested the alleged mastermind behind it.

Last Monday night, NOPD officers arrested 42-year-old Joseph Edwards and charged him with “Inciting a Felony”. Through investigation, detectives found that Edwards had previously worked for the man he was allegedly plotting to rob and have someone kill.

Several weeks ago, NOPD Detective Steve Williams started developing information about the robbery and murder plan Edwards was hoping to pull off on Mardi Gras day. Physical surveillances and undercover interviews of the targeted businessman’s associates conducted by investigators gave detectives sufficient reason to obtain a search warrant for Edwards’ residence. During the search, detectives found more evidence that indicated Edwards was planning to rob the safe in one of the businessman’s retail stores. It was learned that the store’s safe sometimes contained between $150,000- $200,000. The evidence collected also implicated Edwards as plotting to have the business owner killed.

“This was an impressive investigation by NOPD, JP and Louisiana State Police. These investigators — who all sit under the same roof in the Criminal Intelligence Center- worked long hours together to gather the necessary information to stop this plan before it moved forward”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“They succeeded in making the arrest not only because of the technology and assets that the CIC provides, but also through good old-fashioned police work. They should all be commended.”

At the time of his arrest, Edwards was wanted on 2 municipal attachments and had a prior arrest for Criminal Trespassing in New Orleans.

Edwards’ record in Connecticut is more extensive. There, he was arrested for Possession of Burglary Tools, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Attempted Larceny, Failure to Appear, Evade Responsibility-Property Damage/Injury, Possession of Narcotics, Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy Possession of Narcotics, Carrying Pistol Without Permit, Illegal Alteration of a Firearm, Illegal Possession of a Weapon in a Motor Vehicle, Larceny, Evade Injury/Property, Traffic Violation, Injury or Risk of Injury to or Impair Morals of Children and Sexual Assault.

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