ALPR Helps Solve Armed Robbery in Lighthouse Point
On Tuesday, June 24, 2015 a man/woman was robbed at gunpoint in Lighthouse Point, but the ALPR technology installed around the city wouldn't let them get away with it that easily. In the following paragraphs Chief Ross Licata of Lighthouse Point PD explains the armed robbery in detail:
The victim was robbed by two Hispanic males who were wearing bandanas over their face. The victim was an employee of the homeowner, and was there to pick-up the homeowner's mail. A few minutes before the robbery took place, the victim had been doing banking at Wells Fargo Bank a few blocks from the scene. As a result of information obtained from the NDI-RS ALPR system, we determined that the victim was followed from Wells Fargo Bank to the robbery location. We were also able to determine that the suspect vehicle had been circulating around Wells Fargo Bank minutes before the robbery (likely surveilling the area and looking for a potential victim). Cash and a college ring was taken from the victim during the robbery.
The suspect fled west bound and was followed by the victim, but soon lost sight of him. The victim provided what he believed to be a tag number of the suspect vehicle (which turned out to be inaccurate). As a result of having ALPR cameras at strategic locations around our city, we were able to develop a suspect vehicle and proper tag description by backtracking our LPR data, prior to and following the robbery. With the LPR data at hand, detectives were able to track down the suspects and vehicle within hours of the robbery at a home in a neighboring town. Detective subsequently obtained a confession and both subjects were arrested for armed robbery. It should be noted that the two arrested subjects where here in South Florida for only a short time, and had purchased bus passes to return back to Buffalo NY the day after the robbery. The ALPR data proved to be instrumental in providing the information necessary in identify and subsequently arrest the subjects involved.
Lighthouse Point PD is thrilled with the safety improvements that the city has seen since ALPR technology was installed. Chief Licata adds that, "the police department has been extremely successful in making well over 100 criminal apprehensions directly attributed to the use of ALPR data, recovered over 100 stolen vehicles, intercepted known criminal offenders as they entered the city to target Lighthouse Point residents, and recovered well over $1,000,000 in stolen property. The police department has solved multiple bank robberies, home invasion robberies, arson cases, residential and business burglaries, hit and run accidents, criminal mischief cases just to name a few. Needless to say, the implementation of license plate technology has provided law enforcement with an outstanding resource in helping to make the City of Lighthouse Point a safer place to live." NDI Recognition Systems is proud of the successes that different organizations are having worldwide, and excited to make further advancements in ALPR technology to improve safety even further.