“Hammond’s Blue Net license plate reader system (LPR) helped catch a robbery suspect driving a vehicle without a license plate to read” Lt. Steven Kellogg, Hammond Police Department
November 22, 2017-Hammond Police say that “Blue Net” license plat reader system helped to nab a robbery suspect even though the vehicle used did not have a license plate. ” it’s not just the technology. It’s the Hammond Police officers who have taken great initiative to be creative with the technology. So creative that they don’t even need a license plate to locate a suspect vehicle” Lt. Kellogg stated in a report regarding the incident. On November 21, a vehicle pulled into the drive-through lane at White Castle restaurant in South Hammond, displayed a weapon and demanded cash according to police. The suspect fled in a vehicle that did not have a license plate according to the statement. The information nonetheless was shared via the blue net system and officers began to look for a matching vehicle. “Within an hour, he had located the suspect vehicle in the LPR system known as Hammond’s Blue Net. From there, detectives did outstanding work locating the suspect and within 7 hours of the robbery, the suspect was in custody” Lt. Kellogg reported. The name of the suspect is being held pending forthcoming charges.
Chief Doughty praised the work of Hammond officers and the Blue Net system “This is another example of how the skilled investigation skills of our detectives combine perfectly with innovative technology. The result is success” Chief Doughty warned other would be criminals “If you come to our city to commit crime, we are going to find you.”
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.
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