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Red light cameras could solve two local robberies

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Police reports said that pharmacists listed the suspect as taking generic Adderal, Lortabs, and generic Valium – to the tune of $682 total in stolen narcotics.

The suspect then exited the store and entered the passenger side of a gray, four-door sedan “that had pulled up to the front of the building.” MJPD dispatch sent out an alert to area law enforcement, and “an officer from Metro-Nashville P.D. contacted MJPD in regards to a similar pharmacy robbery at the CVS Pharmacy at Highway 70 and Shutes Lane on January 27th.” The vehicle in that robbery was “similar in description” and as a “white Nissan Altima with aftermarket wheels and dark window tint.”

Police Chief Andy Garrett said Tuesday that he is utilizing the Mt. Juliet red light cameras as a tool to catch the suspect in these two robberies.

“The cameras can be – and are – used for more than ticketing people who run red lights,” Garrett said

“In addition to taking photos, the cameras run a video 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All we have to do in a case like this is call the company and ask for the video loop for the hours that the event happened. We have the vehicle description, and that will give us the license plate number.”

Garrett noted that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new study this week on the safety statistics of red light cameras – namely that they can save human lives in addition to helping solve narcotic crimes.

“Red light cameras saved 159 lives in 2004-08 in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities,” the new study shows. “Had cameras been operating during that period in all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented.”

For more information on the new study on red light cameras visit http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr020111.html.

Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.

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