Crime technology helps with 3 arrests in Vacaville

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Crime technology and an attentive citizen have recently helped officials get criminals off the streets of Vacaville, police said. "This technology is really an excellent investigative tool," said VACAVILLE chief of police Keith Hopper. Hopper said someone called the police when he thought he saw 34-year-old John Greer at a gas station at the intersection of Leisure Town and Leisure Town Orange Streets. When officers arrived, Greer told them he had no ID, Hopper said. Then they took out a fingerprint reader. "They just take a person's thumbprint and compare it to the known fingerprints on file – so they keep records," said Vacaville Police Sgt. Adam Senf. When the officials printed Greer, they were given a match: "We found that he gave us a false ID or name and was actually searched for by the US Marshall Service," said Hopper, who arrested Qwaid Hobbs (30) and Yolanda Ramirez (40). An official discovered a vehicle that corresponded to a bulletin that had previously been published about a stolen car from the city of Suisun. “She saw the vehicle and found it suitable. The description looked similar, similar, ”said Lt. Hopper. The couple were arrested at a gas station at the intersection of Mason and Depot streets after the officials used a license plate reader and found that it could be used with the stolen car. They keep an eye on all the cars passing by and warn us of a stolen car, "said Senf , Just over two years ago, officers only had cameras on masts that they could use to record passing vehicles and then drive back. In the past few months, however, the department has installed about 20 automatic license plate readers on some of their patrol cars and poles. The department plans to install up to 30 more in the eastern part of the city near the Vacaville Premium Outlets. The total cost would be $ 250,000. Regarding data tracking, officials said the fingerprints are not stored and the license plate photos are only kept for 60 days. "We have no interest in tracking everyone," said Senf.

Crime technology and an attentive citizen have recently helped officials get criminals off the streets of Vacaville, the police said.

"This technology is really a great investigative tool," said Vacaville chief of police Keith Hopper.

Hopper said someone called the police when he thought he saw John Greer, 34, who was drugging in a car at a gas station at the intersection of Leisure Town and Orange Road.

John Greer

Vacaville Police Department

John Greer

When the officers arrived, Greer told them he had no ID, Hopper said. Then they took out a fingerprint reader.

fingerprint reader

Vacaville Police Department

fingerprint reader

"They just take a person's thumbprint and compare it to the known fingerprints on file – so they keep records," said Vacaville Police Sgt. Adam Senf.

When the police carried out Greer's pressure, they were given a match.

"We found that he gave us the wrong ID or name and was actually searched by the US Marshall Service," said Hopper.

It was another technology that led to the arrest of Qwaid Hobbs (30) and Yolanda Ramirez (40).

Qwaid "Hobbs", "30" and "Yolanda", "Ramirez", "40"

Vacaville Police Department

Qwaid Hobbs and Yolanda Ramirez

An official discovered a vehicle that corresponded to a bulletin that had previously been published about a stolen car from the city of Suisun.

“She saw the vehicle and found it suitable. It looked similar, similar description, ”said Lt. Hopper.

The couple were arrested at a gas station at the intersection of Mason and Depot streets after officials used a license plate reader and found that it matched the stolen car.

"With this technology, we can monitor all passing cars at a stationary point and draw attention to stolen cars," said Senf.

Vacaville arrests stolen vehicle

Vacaville Police Department

A little more than two years ago, the officers only had cameras on the masts that they could use to record passing vehicles. Then they went back and read number plates.

However, in the past few months, the department has installed about 20 automatic license plate readers on some of its patrol cars and poles.

The department plans to install up to 30 more in the eastern part of the city near the Vacaville Premium Outlets. The total cost would be $ 250,000.

Regarding data tracking, officials said the fingerprints are not stored and the license plate photos are only kept for 60 days.

"We have no interest in tracking everyone," said Senf.