By Joe Johnson, OnlineAthens - Athens Banner-Herald
"A Target slogan promises to expect more, pay less.
The department store chain lives up to that in an unexpected way - providing free forensic services to law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad.
Many agencies do their own fingerprint comparison and video analysis, and those that don't hire private forensic experts.
But the Target Forensic Service Lab doesn't charge a dime, and criminal investigators widely consider the company's analysts to be among the elite.
That's why Athens-Clarke police turned to the company for help investigating a 2007 spree of convenience store robberies that left a clerk dead.
Investigators sent still and video images of the robberies and a suspect to the Target lab in Minnesota, and an analyst told police they had the right man ..."
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