PASADENA (CBS) — A new system capable of scanning thousands of license plates per shift in individual patrol cars has yielded its first arrest, Pasadena police said Wednesday.

A 24-year-old Pasadena man was arrested on suspicion of car theft after an officer on patrol about 10 p.m. Friday was alerted when the automated license plate reader in his patrol car popped up with a snapshot of a license plate on his computer screen, suggesting the car had been stolen.

After confirming the report, the officer did a traffic stop on parolee Christopher Castillo and arrested him.

The automated license plate reader technology is a “force multiplier by allowing a single patrol car to scan and check thousands of plates per shift while officers remain focused on proactive patrol,” Pasadena Police Department Chief Phillip Sanchez said.

The system was purchased with grant funds from the federal Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative.

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Comments (8)
  1. greg says:

    If you get a ticket from an Officer Blumenthal of Pasadena PD, make sure to fight it in court as he isn’t the most honest officer they have, I just won a trial over a ticket from him as he flat out lied that I ran a red I didn’t run, plus in 2 cases he said the lady had a silver car, it was gold, and he said I was in my Honda, I drive a Hummer H2, also he was there for 4 ticket cases every other cop just 1 so obviously he writes more tickets than all others but also has more fought than anyone else, does this say Bad Cop?? I completely respect police, but despise the dishonest ones

    1. Jack says:

      You’re an idiot. Because you got the presumption of innocence you’re going to say the cop “flat out lied”? Please. You’re not that important that the police need to “lie” about what you did. Moron.

  2. alg says:

    I like the technology, however, it won’t be long before car thieves wise up.
    When stealing a car, they will pop on one of their own plates that is legal, and the theft won’t come up on the screen.
    HOWEVER; if the technology were really good, it would also be able to scan the car, and see if the car make matched. Don’t think that’s about to happen soon., but you never know.

  3. Peter says:

    Just look to see if a Mexican is driving. If so, good chance the car is stolen.

    1. alg says:

      Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, what did you say?
      There are many good mexican people in this city. Unfortunately you don’t see them because they are working the jobs you don’t want. They work in all the restaurants and farms and gardeners. All trying to make a life for themselves. An honest life.
      I’m sure there are a lot of bad Peter’s in this world, giving you a bad name. That doesn’t make you bad, just unfortunately very very racist.

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