New Video Detective Helps Robbery Investigations
 
Fort Wright police are now one step closer to solving another armed robbery.

It's due to sophisticated computer technology that's produced hot leads from grainy pictures.

If you're the one who robbed a Speedway station on Madison Pike last weekend, watch out.

Police have new, clear pictures of you from the in-store cameras.

The original tape was fuzzy, but the "video detectives" have been hard at work cleaning up the images to put the robber behind bars.

The best image Fort Wright Police got from Speedway security cameras after the weekend robbery was not very clear.

So, Fort Wright Detective Michael Wright went to see if Independence police officer Bryan Wells could clean things up with the "video detective" computer system.

"That's him just approaching the counter," Detective Wright said.

At first, the images were very fuzzy and unclear.

"I'd like to get this image that's on top of it, if I can find a way to get that off there," Detective Wright said.

Then, with a few clicks of the mouse, the robber became easier to see, especially the gun he was pointing at the clerk.

"The shot of him with the firearm is much clearer than we have seen so far," said Detective Wright.

There were even a few surprises uncovered.

"If that's him, it's the first time I've seen his shoes. That's perfect," said Detective Wright.

The $40,000 crime fighting tool is creating quite a reputation among Northern Kentucky law enforcers.

"To be able to take this video and break it down and even show camera shots that weren't there before is pretty impressive," said Detective Wright.

"It makes you feel good. You feel like you're involved and obviously that's what we're here do to. Any time I can help out fellow officers and apprehend a criminal its a good day," said Officer Bryan Wells, Independence Police.

More and more businesses are installing security cameras, but police urge them to remember not to skimp on quality.

"These businesses they use and reuse video cassettes to excess. The more they're taped over with each taping the quality goes down further and further," said Detective Amy Chapman, Independence Police.

Independence got a federal grant to buy the "video detective" system.

It's the only Northern Kentucky Police department to have one right now.

Others plan on seeking similar grants in order to aid the fight against robbers.


 
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