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SMPD's Automated License Plate Reader System Recognizes Stolen Vehicles, Leads To Arrest

APB: Robocop.

Posted Jul. 3, 2012, 11:00 pm

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

On Friday, June 22, at 8:17 p.m., officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on patrol in their police vehicle in the 2600 block of Lincoln Boulevard. This vehicle was fitted with an Automated License Plate Reader System (ALPRS).

As the officers were driving along the ALPRS informed them that it had recognized a stolen vehicle that was sitting in the left turn bay at Lincoln Boulevard and Ocean Park Boulevard.

The officers responded, and stopped the suspect 2004 silver Nissan Xterra in the 2400 block of Fourth Street.

The female driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and the officers investigated.

The officers discovered that the owner of this Nissan Xterra had loaned it to the woman driver, but when she had failed to return it to the owner he had reported it as being stolen.

The owner was desirous of a prosecution, so the officers arrested this 42-year-old woman of San Diego, and she was charged with grand theft auto and a probation violation.

Bail was set at $35,000.

Editor's Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled "Alert Police Blotter" (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror's coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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Jul. 3, 2012, 9:09:39 pm

stewart said...

this was once called joyriding and was a misdemeanor, these days it is the grist for sophisticated technology, and armed response from law enforcement and felony charges.why do I get the feeling there is less to this story than it first appears?

Jul. 5, 2012, 9:00:01 am

Michele said...

The days of big brother are well and truly upon us!!

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