Cell phones are constantly gathering data. Some contain information that can solve crimes. Now, the Cass County, Texas district attorney’s office has the ability to retrieve that information faster that most other agencies in the state.
Chief Criminal Investigator in the district attorney’s office, Cody Sartor said, “As with any other crime, timeliness is what matters the most, you have to strike when the iron is hot.”
Now Sartor, a forensics expert, has the knowledge and the equipment to extract data from seized cell phones. Sartor said, “We are interrogating the memory chip to get the information that is on it. We’re able to get, of course, deleted videos and actually still-on-the-device videos, text messages, emails, chatting info like Snapchat.”
Information from your cell phone can only be taken if you surrender to a search, or if investigators obtain a search warrant for its contents.
In the past, it’s taken at least months, if not years, to get the information that Sartor can now obtain in just hours. He said, “We’re also able to recover some health data, which has proven to be interesting, whenever you’re trying to determine whether someone was awake or asleep.”
The district attorney’s office is also putting infrastructure in place in hopes of helping other area agencies process their criminal evidence faster.