Caught on Candid Camera: Police Nab Robbers using Technology


On July 9, 2015, Patrol Officers Gladden and Tutt accompanied Property Crimes Detective Kevin Janse to the Fox Gas Station located at 10110 Harry Hines Boulevard. They went to this location in order to further review a video of the offense that occurred there on July 7, 2015. While viewing the video, the officers were able to ascertain a possible license plate of the vehicle believed to be involved. The officers researched the license plate using the License Plate Reader Database (LEARN) system. The officers found that the plate had been captured on LEARN several times by both fixed cameras and by mobile cameras.  However, none of the hits showed the vehicle parked anywhere.

The officers then called the Northwest Division’s Intelligence Officer Honrath and asked him to contact his counterpart that works with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in an attempt to get more info on the license plate.  The DPS contact informed Officer Honrath that the vehicle plate had been captured on a private Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) camera at a motel in the 2600 block of Forest Lane around 2:00 AM that morning.  Officers Gladden and Tutt were then directed to the motel in hopes to locate the vehicle.

When the officers first arrived, the vehicle was not at the location. The officers went to the hotel office where an employee recognized the vehicle being parked at the location in the past. Officers then received intel that revealed the registered owner of the vehicle was staying at the hotel. The registered owner did not match the description of the suspect from any of the offenses. However, additional intel provided the officers with the name of a Hispanic male that had been seen staying with the registered owner.

The officers then positioned themselves to observe the entrance/exit of the motel. Later, the officers observed the suspect vehicle entering the parking lot occupied by two individuals matching the description of the suspects in the robberies and theft. The officers watched as the vehicle parked and both occupants exited and went into the room registered to the owner of the vehicle.

A short time later, these individuals occupied the vehicle and left the location. The officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and were able to take both suspects into custody without incident. The suspects were taken to the Robbery Unit where they both gave full confessions clearing two Aggravated Robbery offenses and a Theft offense committed within the past week.