Saturday afternoon, April 4th, at about 4:30 PM, a young man was playing basketball at First Avenue Junior High School, 301 S. First Avenue, when his Ipod was stolen by two suspects. During the robbery, the victim was struck by one of the suspects. The victim was able to provide suspect descriptions as well as a suspect vehicle description and possible license plate number.
Officers utilized the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) database and found a match to the suspect vehicle. Having prior contacts with the vehicle, officers were able to locate associated names and addresses to this vehicle, leading them to a potential suspect living in Arcadia. After being identified by the victim, 18 year old Kenny Chen, of Arcadia, was arrested and booked for robbery at the Arcadia City Jail.
The ALPR system is a fairly new tool for Arcadia Police and has been credited with alerting officers to many stolen vehicles and has lead to a number of arrests since the units have been put into service.