BELLE MEADE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Belle Meade Police Operation License plate recognition technology track down a stolen car, arrest two suspects, and take drugs off the street.
It started on September 10 when police say an Amazon delivery driver making his rounds left his key in the ignition and his car was running.
The car was stolen and its whereabouts were unknown for two weeks. That’s until Saturday night when the car was registered on LPR cameras in Belle Meade.
At around 10:15 p.m., several officers followed the stolen Nissan, which was being driven by Ernest Robertson and the passenger, Marquise Haynes.
According to Belle Meade Police, the 23-year-old driver tried to explain after his arrest that he had not stolen the car.
Chief Chuck Williams chuckled and said, “He said I didn’t steal a car. The keys were in the ignition. We were tired of walking. “
The 22-year-old passenger Marquise Haynes also spoke to officers during the arrest. The man, who has a long criminal history including the attack on an officer and serious bodily harm from strangulation, wondered why he was arrested.
Marquise Haynes: What I have done wrong?
Officer: It’s a stolen car.
Haynes: I didn’t know it was stolen. I was only picked up this evening. He came and picked me up.
“He claimed he didn’t know anything about the stolen vehicle, which is fine,” said Chief Williams. “But he also had a domestic violence arrest warrant, so we put him in jail for it.”
According to Williams, the officers also found meth in the vehicle. “And the driver used drugs near a school in the past. That was from 2014. So these two guys have to be off the road. “
The chief again credits his officers and the city’s LPR technology for helping solve another crime.
“Don’t come to Belle Meade. We have a lot of LPRs. Lots of technology. And a lot of officers who will definitely put you in jail if you commit a crime. “
The police also warn against leaving your cars unlocked and the keys in the ignition.
The driver, Ernest Robertson, is in Metro Prison on $ 25,000 bail.
The passenger, Marquise Haynes, left $ 3,500 bail for his pending domestic violence charges.