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Cali police nab suspects with ALPR

Cali police nab suspects with ALPR

The Sacramento County Sheriff Department (SCSD) in California, U.S, reported additional ALPR data recently received from Vigilant Solutions has assisted the police in identifying and detaining 45 suspects. The department deployed Vigilant's network of private ALPR and online investigative and analytic tools in late 2010. Vigilant's private ALPR data is harvested from a number of sources and made available exclusively to law enforcement for investigative use.

 "Just recently, we received access to additional ALPR data through Vigilant's national ALPR data network of over one billion detections from around the country,” said Sergeant Kyle Hoertsch, SCSD. “I am amazed both at the amount of data, and the results we have generated.” In just the first 30 days of having this data, the police located 519 vehicles of interest, including 495 stolen vehicles, five carjacking vehicles, and 19 other felony vehicles. Directly related to these vehicles and the crimes, 45 people were taken into custody,

"A couple of additional successes involving Vigilant include a takeover bank robbery and a home invasion involving an assault on an elderly woman," said Hoertsch. A Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento was the victim of a takeover bank robbery. A witness was able to obtain the license plate number as the suspects fled. A check of the license plate in the Vigilant system showed one capture of the vehicle on a major highway approximately six months prior. The color photo was shown to the original witness who positively identified it as the vehicle used in the robbery. The color photo was so detailed you could see three distinct bumper stickers and a black bumper on a grey car. Equipped with this detailed vehicle information, officers began canvassing the area and quickly found the vehicle in an apartment complex about a mile from the robbery scene. The suspects were located and taken into custody.

In another incident, police officers responded to a report of a home invasion. They found a 68-year-old female tied up; the suspect had forced her to drink alcohol during the crime to a point where she was barely conscious. The suspect fled the scene in the victim's vehicle, however she was unable at the time to provide us with a vehicle description due to her level of consciousness. After locating her license plate number through other methods, police checked the Vigilant system which had three historical detections. These captures provided color photos of the vehicle that featured a very distinct chrome license plate frame that allowed us to locate the vehicle just minutes later with the suspect inside. After a foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody. “Certain states are attempting to limit the time that historical ALPR data can be held when the vehicle is not connected to a crime, but in this case, I am sure that this 68-year-old woman is glad that her vehicle's picture was taken,” said Hoertsch.

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