Events that spanned three miles and three cities began around noon, when license-plate-recognition cameras in Lighthouse Point detected a navy 2012 Audi Q5 SUV that had been reported stolen from Fort Lauderdale on March 21,Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata said.
A police officer saw the Audi in the circular driveway of a home on the 4100 block of Northeast 23rd Avenue, Licata
drove by, our officer saw a [man] exiting the house through the front door while carrying something, get in the driver's seat of the SUV and flee from the area," Licata
Police followed the Audi to the 1800 block of Northeast 47th Street in Pompano Beach, three to five blocks west of U.S. 1, and called off the chase.
When officers returned to the house and found the front door kicked in and several rooms ransacked, the agency notified the Broward Sheriff's Office about the burglary and the Audi, Licata said.
is a huge fan of the license-plate-recognition technology that triggered Wednesday's cross-county events.
"Since January 2010, we've made over 100 arrests and recovered more than $1 million in stolen property, cars and tags," Licata