ELSAG ALPR Helps Nab Vandals
License plate scanner helps nab vandalism suspects
1:30 PM, Apr. 7, 2012 | Comments
Barbara Livingston Nackman
PATTERSON — Aided by license plate reader technology, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Dutchess County men on felony criminal mischief charges.
Andrew A. Parent, 18, and Nicholas F. Ortega, 18, both of Wingdale, were arraigned Friday on charges of criminal mischief, a felony, and if found guilty could face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. They are being held at Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is praising the work of three deputies along with the license plate readers in solving the crime.
On April 5, Deputy Sheriffs Frederick Mark and Randell Hill responded to a report of damage to a vehicle at 109 South Quaker Hill Road in Patterson, which had also been the scene of four similar acts of vandalism since March 10, police said. The vandals had fled the area before the deputies got there.
After canvassing the area, the deputies worked with Deputy Sheriff John Hyla to access data from a license plate reader installed in Hill’s patrol vehicle.
After analyzing the data the deputies were able to identify a license plate number of a vehicle that had been seen in the vicinity near the time of the incident. Police interviewed the suspects and said they admitted their involvement in the crimes. The investigation is continuing the sheriff’s office said more arrests are expected.
Parent and Ortega are due back in town of Patterson Justice Court, but the date was unavailable Saturday.
In June the sheriff’s office used the license plate reading technology to locate a missing a missing Putnam Valley woman.
The equipment is from ESLAG North America, with offices based in Brewster.