EVESHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – Police in South Jersey this morning used high-tech equipment to nab a man accused of low-tech burglaries in Delaware County, Pa.
Michael Innaurato, 30, of Swarthmore — a former teacher in Folsom, Pa. — was wanted for a series of Delaware County burglaries in which, police say, he stole handguns and cash.READ MORE: Frankford High School Unveils New Solar Training Lab For Students
One of the burglary victims was Innaurato’s father.
Across the river in Evesham, NJ, an officer on patrol around 9:45 AM got an alert from his automated license plate reader that Innaurato’s car had just passed by.
The officer pulled Innaurato over and he was arrested. Police say a stolen .45 caliber handgun was found in his car.
Evesham police lieutenant Walt Miller says the plate reader compares the plates of passing cars to a national crime database.READ MORE: Upper Dublin Carnival Raises Money For Those Affected By Ida
“On the computer screen it alerts (the officer) with a picture of the vehicle registration, and also it gives them the broadcast that would be in the system — describes what they’re wanted for, where they’re wanted from, the vehicle description, et cetera,” Miller explains.
Miller says Evesham only started using the license plate scanner a week ago.
Innaurato is being held at the Burlington County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. An extradition hearing was not immediately scheduled.
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Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.