09/06/2011

Traffic cameras have new prey: Criminals

Surveillance goes past tracking red-light runners and speeders

By Larry Copeland
USA TODAY

Those traffic cameras despised by so many drivers don't just nail speeders and red-light runners. They're helping police nab criminals.

Police in Red Bank, Tenn., caught four suspects in a violent home invasion by reviewing images from a red-light camera near the victims' home. Four suspects tied up two victims and then ransacked the house, police say; one robber allegedly smashed his boot into a victim's face.

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