Hendersonville police are crediting the department’s license plate recognition (LPR) system for two recent arrests in which two stolen vehicles were recovered.

Officers received an alert that a stolen vehicle had entered the city and was captured on the department’s LPR system at around 11 p.m. on Sept. 4, according to an HPD media release.

Flex Officers were in the area and stopped the vehicle that was occupied by Christopher Whitehead, 24 of Nashville and Heather May, 28 of Dickson.

Both were taken into custody and charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $2,500, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. May was also charged with Possession of Schedule IV drugs (Xanax). 

Another stolen vehicle was captured on the department’s LPR system at around 11 p.m. on Sept. 5. Patrol officers saturated the area and located the vehicle at the Williamsburg Apartments off of Walton Ferry Road. 

Antonio Butler, 25 of Madison, and Titus Hardin, 26 of Nashville, were taken into custody after it was determined that they both were involved in an impending sale of the stolen vehicle, according to police.

The two are charged with Possession of Stolen Property. Hardin was also charged with Driving on a Revoked License and outstanding warrants out of Wilson County. 

All four suspects are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Oct. 9.

According to HPD Sgt. Neal Harris, the first vehicle was stolen out of Dickson and the second was stolen out of Nashville.

Harris said the cameras that capture license plate numbers and compare them with information in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database have proven invaluable to local police.

“We see the benefits from this technology every day,” said Harris.

To date, Hendersonville police have focused their efforts on the areas of Indian Lake Boulevard and Main Street with the use of the cameras, Harris noted. He said that the department is working with city leaders to expand those efforts by requesting more funding for more cameras.

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