License plate reader technology leads deputies to stolen vehicle in San Carlos

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Automated License Plate Reader technology helped deputies locate a stolen vehicle in San Carlos on Sunday and detain three suspects.

Just after midnight, San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies were in the 1000 block of El Camino Real conducting an area check for a stolen vehicle that was located on the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR). ALPR technology includes public-facing cameras that scan the license plates of passing vehicles and alert deputies when a vehicle has been reported stolen.

Deputies located the stolen vehicle and enforced a traffic stop and detained the suspects, identified as Joseph Newport, 45, Vladislay Verbitschi, 25, and Gene Faust, 39.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies located usable amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “At the completion of the investigation, Newport was transported and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for [possession of stolen property]. Verbitschi and Faust were given citations for their respective drug charges.”