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Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:12 a.m.

Greg Jackson is a manager at Hunter's Hollow

Greg Jackson is a manager at Hunter's Hollow, a local store that carries the Kimber PepperBlaster II. Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed him at the store. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Greg Jackson

Detective Murphy: I just need to record this for your own protection.  Is that all right?

Greg Jackson: Sure.

Detective Parker: Thank you for allowing us to meet you before the store opens. Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Greg Jackson: I'm Greg. I live over on Hillside Drive, which is why I had no trouble meeting you before we open.

Detective Murphy: It's been a long time, which is a good thing.

Greg Jackson: I took your advice and relocated some of our cameras. We haven't had any trouble since.

Detective Murphy: I wish could take credit, but I'm still glad to hear you haven't had any recent trouble. The reason we're here, I wondered if you could do me a favor.

Greg Jackson: I offered you 10% off the last time you were here. I suppose I could go to 20%.

Detective Murphy: Actually, I'm looking for information. I'm trying to find out who might have purchased a Kimber PepperBlaster II from your store.

Greg Jackson: Do you have a warrant?

Detective Murphy: If I had a warrant, it wouldn't be a favor.

Greg Jackson: I'm not sure I'd want our customers thinking I'd simply share that kind of information. If you read the privacy policy on our Web site, you'll know we cooperate with law enforcement when required, but I'm not so sure this required.

Detective Murphy: The reason I didn't want to go through the hassles of getting a search warrant is I'd like to wrap this up so I can get back to the grant I'm writing. We're proposing to purchase several hundred PepperBlaster II units to be distributed to potential victims who can prove inability to acquire their own protection. It's a very important project, and I'd like to get it off the ground as soon as possible.

Greg Jackson: Would you be going out to bid?

Detective Murphy: That depends on the requirements imposed on the grant. I can, however, assure you that the grant would look favorably on local businesses with the ability to provide assistance to program beneficiaries. Some of the people who would take advantage of this program can't just up and drive to Tupelo or Memphis.

Greg Jackson: I don't know. It seems like a lot of work.

Detective Murphy: So is writing a grant. And you've got that computer sitting right there on your desk. I'm sure you can pull up a quick report on the screen showing the name of all the customers who bought PepperBlasters.

Greg Jackson: Not if they paid cash.

Detective Murphy: Do people still use cash?

Greg Jackson: Some.

Detective Murphy: I'll look through the names with you, making a note of anyone related to an ongoing investigation. That name and the date of the sale. Nobody we talk to will know that this is where we got the information. If anybody asks, I'll say I got the sales information from the charge card company.

Greg Jackson: How do I know you don't have a photographic memory, and as soon as you leave, you won't recreate the entire report?

Detective Murphy: Photographic memory? I've already forgotten what I had for breakfast.

Greg Jackson: That grant seems like a really great idea.

Detective Murphy: Free cell phones for victims of domestic violence sometimes aren't quite enough.

Greg Jackson: Have you been working on the grant long?

Detective Murphy: About 15 minutes.

Greg Jackson: OK, let's do this. It's a good thing I've been trying to track down some missing items, or else you'd have to sit here while I fumbled through the system the way I did last week.

Detective Murphy: Take your time.

Greg Jackson: I thought you were in a rush.

Detective Murphy: Relatively speaking.

Greg Jackson: OK, so these are all the people who bought a PepperBlaster II in the last three years. As you can see, it's a popular product.

Detective Murphy: Detective Parker, can you write this down?

Detective Parker: Go.

Detective Murphy: Taylor Boyd, 12-08-2012.

Detective Parker: Got it.

Detective Murphy: Margaret Bricker, 03-09-2012.

Detective Parker: Got it.

Detective Murphy: Carol Fitch, 09-27-2011.

Detective Parker: Got it.

Detective Murphy: And that looks about it. As I told you, Mr. Jackson, we're not here on a fishing expedition, although this would be the right place for it.

Greg Jackson: No, you're on a hunting trip, and again, Hunter's Hollow is the right place to come.

Detective Murphy: Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Greg Jackson: Good luck with that grant.

Detective Murphy: Appreciate the thought. I'm no fan of paperwork.

Interview ended: 7:38 a.m.

 

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