The Washington Post

Police use license reader, seize carjack suspects

An automobile was taken at gunpoint in Northeast Washington on Saturday night and recovered by officers within 15 minutes with the aid of high-tech equipment, D.C. police said.

Commander Andrew Solberg, head of the 5th police district, said an automated license plate reader in an officer’s car helped police spot the late-model Cadillac taken in the carjacking.

Police said the vehicle was taken at gunpoint by two men about 8 p.m. in the 3100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, near the boundary between the District and Prince George’s County.

The license plate reader alerted an officer who was in a car, and other officers were then alerted, police said. The car was spotted in traffic in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE, near the intersection with New York Avenue, a major Washington intersection.

Police said they stopped it, took two people into custody and seized a handgun.


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