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New Technology Helps Solve Burglary

Posted at: 01/11/2013 5:29 PM
By: James Wilcox

 (ABC 6 NEWS) -- New technology with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is being credited with helping solve a burglary.

The Fall, the sheriff's office received four ALPR's or automatic license plate readers. Typically they are used to scan plates to find people driving that shouldn't be, but this time they helped solve a more significant crime.

It started when authorities responded to a home burglary. A witness gave a description of a vehicle involved and a partial license plate. That's when investigators turned to the ALPR.

"Using the technology officers were able to input a portion of the license plate and with that portion they were able to identify the correct license plate because it had been run in the ALPR at an earlier time," says Sgt. Tom Claymon with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities found the vehicle involved with stolen items inside. They haven't made any arrests yet but say the investigation is on-going and they are confident charges will be filed.