Exclusive: Inside America’s Newest Digital Crime Lab

A Luxury Thief Caught by Data

Outside the central lab space, Tanya de Vulpillieres shows off three blown-up maps among a more familiar environment of cubicles and wood-paneled offices.

A cell site analyst, de Vulpillieres used the maps to plot the movements of a suspect after a late night robbery. Her posters display the whereabouts of an individual early on June 22, 2012, a cell phone number, and calls made between 1:55 a.m. and 3:39 a.m. The first map is a zoom-out view of the city while the other two are closeups near the location of the crime.


De Vulpillieres points at a lavender blue rectangle just south of Central Park. The area represents the scene of the crime: Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department

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