SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police have been making use of their recently obtained license plate readers. The automated equipment led officers to a stolen car near Mission and Marshall.
The Spokane Police Department said the vehicle recovered last Thursday was reported stolen on July 29. While officers were on patrol, they saw a vehicle partially blocking Mission Avenue near South Riverton. As officers passed the car, the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) read the plate and came back with the stolen vehicle hit. Police then stopped the vehicle.
Investigators said the driver, 22-year-old Steven M. Anderson, tried to run away on foot but officers caught up and arrested him without further incident. Anderson was booked into Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
ALPR’s have been used by Spokane Police since 2009 and the department recently bought two more license plate readers.
SPD said in just this quarter, ALPR's have helped to recover 30 stolen vehicles.