Amateur Detective Led Cops to Brooklyn Suspect

Local property owner took the case into his own hands
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 12:45 PM CDT
Amateur Detective Led Cops to Suspect in Murder of Brooklyn Boy
Levi Aron is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court Thursday, July 14, 2011, in New York. Aron, 35, is charged with luring 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky to his home on Monday, then killing him.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool)

(Newser) – An amateur sleuth on a personal mission helped crack the case of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky and led cops to his suspected killer. Yaakov German, a 47-year-old property manager, traced Leiby's path from a day camp by convincing business owners and residents to let him inspect security camera footage that ended with the arrest of Levi Aron, reports the New York Daily News.

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German, a father of 12, set out to find Leiby when he learned that the boy set out from a camp near German's home and that his son was Leiby's teacher. He followed the route he deduced Leiby had taken (eventually guessing correctly about a wrong turn) and searched for cameras that might have captured his image. He finally saw footage of Aron and Leiby together, and cops used the lead to make the arrest. "At the end of the day, [German] should be given the credit for the cracking of the case," says a representative for the NYPD Clergy Liaison Program. (Read more Leiby Kletzky stories.)

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