Two subjects driving in a stolen vehicle were arrested with a little help from Vigilant Solutions LPR.

    As originally reported in the Marin Scope, Deputy Robert Heilman was on patrol in San Rafael, in the area of Merrydale Road and North San Pedro, when a maroon 2001 Ford Ranger passed by his vehicle, according to Lieutenant Jamie Scardina.

    At the time, Deputy Heilman was driving a vehicle that was equipped with an automated License Plate Reader System. The LPR continuously captures license plates and cross-references them with those in the stolen vehicle system.

    The LPR system capturer the Ford Ranger’s license plate and the car instantly registered as a stolen vehicle, according to Scardina.

    After confirming the status of the stolen vehicle, Deputy Heilman initiated a traffic stop and apprehended two subjects.

    Steven Anthony Fernando, 28, of Concord, was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving on a suspended license, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

    Alexandra Yvette Allen, 23, of San Mateo was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of stolen property.

    Inside the stolen vehicle, officers also located property that Fernando and Allen denied owning, including keys, coins and an iPhone.

    Fernando and Allen were booked into the Marin County Jail.

    According to Scardina, the LPR systems are installed in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, and have been of great service to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

    The systems are also used by the Novato and Mill Valley Police Departments

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