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License plate reader was key to finding suspect in double homicide

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LONGBOAT KEY, FL (WWSB) - Longboat Key Police say one tool helped them find the suspect in the double homicide that occurred last week. 

Police Chief Pete Cumming said they key's license plate readers played a role in this case. The scanners--which have been used for three years--photograph and store every license plate that drives by--alerting law enforcement to an issue with a tag, car or driver. 

It's a tool that's particularly useful when the time and place of a crime is known. Some have concerns about the cameras. 

But Bradenton Beach's Police Chief says he would like to have license plate readers especially after seeing its use in this case.