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Plate-reading devices help police make arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE (AP) -- Gwinnett County police say the license plate readers added to patrol cars have helped them increase their arrests.

Officers with the plate readers park at busy intersections and interstate on-ramps. The camera system can scan up to 1,800 tags per minute and in November the devices scanned 318,000 plates.

Cpl. Jake Smith says that in November, the readers located four stolen vehicles and 55 people wanted by police. He says officers issued eight felony charges during traffic stops.

Smith says officers have also made drug arrests and seizures as well as issued hundreds of traffic related citations. He says the devices can run tags from any state, Mexico, and Canada.