HPD license plate scanner leads to Moiliili arrest

File photo of HPD's new Automated License Plate Reader

Honolulu police say the department’s new automated license plate reader helped officers locate a stolen vehicle.

On Saturday at around 10:30 a.m., Honolulu police say an officer determined a vehicle in the Moiliili area was stolen. The vehicle was stopped and the 25-year-old male driver was subsequently arrested for the crime.

The driver was also arrested for three outstanding warrants and drug paraphernalia.

New technology allows police to take a digital image of a license plate and match it up against information on file for specific cases related to stolen vehicles, stolen license plates and vehicles that may belong to missing persons.

Honolulu police say information gathered by cameras under this new system will be purged from their files in 90 days unless the information can be used in a criminal or civil case or the license plate information can be used for a lawful action to produce records.

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