License plate reader aids in recovery of stolen firearms
By Jennifer Cruz
The license plate reader alerted authorities to a stolen vehicle, but inside that vehicle they also found stolen guns. (Photo: Pittsburg Police Department)
Authorities recovered more than half a dozen stolen firearms from a vehicle in Pittsburg, California, early Friday morning following an alert from a license plate reader.
According to the Pittsburg Police Department, the incident unfolded around 3:30 a.m. and came to an end after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase.
Authorities say the vehicle driven by the suspect, whose name was not released, had been stolen, prompting the license plate reader alert. Officers then monitored the freeway until they located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
Instead of stopping, however, the suspect tried to elude authorities by driving away but eventually stopped the vehicle on the freeway’s on-ramp. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot before he was apprehended with the help of a K-9 unit.
A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle turned up six long guns and three revolvers, along with hundred of rounds of ammunition and other valuables, all of which were previously reported stolen during a burglary in a nearby city.
According to the East Bay Times, the cameras were installed