Hammond’s Blue Net license plate reader system (LPR) helped catch a robbery suspect driving a vehicle without a license plate to read.
And 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.
On November 21st when the White Castle in South Hammond was robbed at gunpoint just after 12:00 pm, the suspect fled the area in her vehicle without a license plate. The vehicle information was immediately shared with officers and a detective with the Hammond Gang Unit went to work searching based on what he knew.
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. The name of the suspect is being held pending forthcoming charges.
“This is another example of how the skilled investigation skills of our detectives combine perfectly with innovative technology. The result is success” explains Hammond Police Chief John Doughty. “And the message should be clear.” He continues, “If you come to our city to commit crime, we are going to find you.”