By Gina Yarbrough
El Cajon, CA–Five stolen vehicles were recovered and nine teens were arrested on suspicion of vehicle thefts in the first two weeks of November, El Cajon Police Department said.
Five suspects, ranging from 14 to 18 years old, were found in another stolen vehicle, authorities said.
According to El Cajon police, one of the vehicles found was taken during a residential burglary in National City.
The automated license plate reading cameras installed in select areas throughout the city sent out a real-time alert of the stolen vehicles to law enforcement in the area.
The El Cajon Police Department started the license plate reading program, also known as ALPR, this year. Since the beginning of the program in El Cajon, over $500,000 worth of stolen vehicles have been recovered and returned to victims of these crimes.
Anyone with information regarding crime in El Cajon is encouraged to contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311. Individuals with information who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477.