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New Technology Helps Police Find Stolen Cars

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KENNEWICK, Wash -- The Kennewick Police Department says pretty soon they will be finding more stolen cars.

They received a grant for new technology that can take information from license plates. It's called a plate reader and they will only use it to find stolen cars.

The equipment will be put into an officer's patrol car and will alert them once a car that is reported stolen drives by.

Police say vehicle theft is a problem throughout Washington State and with this technology they can run many more plates than an officer would normally be able to.

"Maybe that will lead to more info on where these cars are being taken to, if there's chop shops or people dealing with stolen cars or car parts. We really hope this will really enhance our investigation," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

Kennewick Police say it's very common for a stolen car out of Yakima to end up here in the Tri-Cities, or vise versa. Once they find a stolen car they will arrest the driver and contact the vehicle's owner.