Virginia State Trooper J.C. Jeanty patrols south Richmond in a cruiser equipped with an automatic license plate reader. The technology uses two cameras mounted on the trunk of the car. The cameras constantly capture license plate images of cars passing in both directions. The images are fed to the computer which then alerts him of any licenses which require his investigation. Many stolen cars have been recovered with this system. Aug. 14, 2013.
- State police have used license plate data to solve crimes
Virginia State Police have solved, or helped other localities solve, numerous crimes using the department’s license plate reader technology, which until March included the stored images of 8 million license plates.
Here are a few examples provided by Virginia State Police Sgt. Robert Alessi:
• Jewelry recovery in Prince William County. A jewelry courier was robbed in November 2009 at a local hotel in Prince William. Through the use of license plate reader data and witness statements, a suspect vehicle was located in the department’s database of stored license plate images and two people were arrested from New York.
• Arrest of a wanted person and recovery of stolen vehicle and guns in Fairfax County. A trooper using an automated license plate reader in October 2009 received an alert on a Florida license plate linked to a suspected fugitive. After conducting a traffic stop, police determined the vehicle was stolen and recovered two pistols, a shotgun and an assault-style rifle. All four weapons had been stolen. Police determined the wanted suspect had cut off an ankle bracelet so he could flee Florida undetected.
• Arrest of Florida murder suspects in Stafford County. A trooper using an automated license plate reader in 2011 received an alert on a sports utility vehicle with a Florida license plate registered to a suspect in a Florida double homicide that occurred 18 hours earlier. The information and subsequent traffic stop led to the arrest of two brothers wanted in a drive-by shooting that killed two and wounded several others.
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 4:29 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.
Virginia State Police recorded the license plates of every vehicle arriving from Virginia to attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in Washington in 2009, as well as those at campaign rallies three months earlier in Leesburg for then-candidate Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
The U.S. Secret Service requested that state police use one of its automated license plate readers at the entrance to the Pentagon to capture and store the plate images as an extra level of security for the inauguration, which was attended by an estimated 1.8 million people. The same was requested for the political rllies.
Sunday, August 18, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 4:29 pm.