FLOCK process aids in arrest of Alcoa female on vehicle theft charge | Information

Legislation enforcement’s FLOCK alert method was instrumental in the Tuesday arrest of an Alcoa woman on a car or truck theft demand.

Cetoya Evette Coffin, 25, North Wright Street, Alcoa, was arrested by Maryville Police officers at 4:31 p.m. Jan. 19 and charged with automobile theft more than $10,000 but less than $60,000. She was launched on a $25,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing Jan. 26 in Blount County Common Periods Courtroom.

An incident report states a FLOCK inform was dispersed to area businesses at roughly 3:22 p.m. for a stolen auto in the Corridor Street space at the Highway 129 bypass. Law enforcement receives this sort of an inform from regional stationary license plate visitors that can assist discover stolen vehicles.

An officer checked the Hall Street-Washington Road location but did not locate the auto, so he began wanting all-around locations in which the auto probably turned off Hall Highway. He noticed a auto matching the description in the driveway of a home at the 1200-block of East Harper Avenue.

Immediately after backup arrived, officers approached the car or truck and its driver, Coffin. A 25-12 months-old female passenger was in the motor vehicle as properly each have been detained by officers.

The vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen one in issue. Coffin mentioned she didn’t know the automobile was stolen and it was at first rented by her mom, who authorized her to use it, the report states.

Coffin was taken into custody and, after becoming searched, transported to Blount County jail. The passenger was released and not charged.

What is the FLOCK process?

Maryville Law enforcement Chief Tony Crisp explained to The Everyday Occasions the office started employing the FLOCK notify process in June 2020, and whilst the distinct technique is fairly new, it’s essentially a technologies the agency has had for many years.

“It’s called ALR, Automated License Plate Reader,” Crisp mentioned. “And we’ve had them in automobiles, some of our patrol vehicles as we travel close to. And all the variance is this is a stationary license plate reader, automatic license plate reader.

“If you pass a digital camera and that vehicle tag is stolen, then it will run it against our databases. If it is (stolen), then it presents us an warn that this vehicle is stolen, and then we’ll concentrate our efforts on making an attempt to find that auto.”

And Crisp is content with the success.

“It’s been incredibly profitable hence much,” Crisp mentioned. “Very prosperous.”

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