Cameras on two probation department cars automatically focus on license plates of cars and trucks as officers go about their regular duties on the streets of Sacramento County. More than 3,000 license plates can be scanned in an hour.
Every so often they get a hit, matching a vehicle with cars and trucks on a statewide list of stolen vehicles. Since April 2010, the department has found 193 stolen vehicles using the plate-matching technology.
Last Thursday, the department recovered the Chevy pickup using the plate reader. The truck was reported stolen in early April in Rancho Cordova.
Probation officers notified Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force officers who then arrested Christopher Ceja Ramirez on suspicion of vehicle theft.