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NewsWatch: Traffic Cameras Spot Criminals




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September 6, 2011 By

Traffic Cameras Spot 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. "We went and pulled video from the traffic camera," says Sgt. Dan Knight of the Red Bank Police criminal investigations division. "I was able to see the (suspects' vehicle) go there prior to the home invasion and when they left." USA Today

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