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License Plate Cameras Lead to Arrest for Vehicle Theft

Post Date:12/06/2019 1:15 PM

At approximately 12:57 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the Sausalito Police Department received an alert from its license plate recognition camera system of a stolen vehicle entering Sausalito from the 4000 block of Bridgeway. The vehicle, a 2005 Lexus, had been stolen from Fremont on December 3.

Corporal Brian Mather and Officer Adam Clerici stopped the Lexus on Bridgeway at Nevada Street and detained the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Chelsie Erkel (a 28-year old resident of Windsor), without incident.

Upon further investigation, officers located suspected methamphetamine and a possibly counterfeit $100 bill within the vehicle. Erkel was arrested for possession of the stolen vehicle and possession of narcotics and was booked into the Marin County Jail. Upon confirmation that the $100 bill is counterfeit, an additional charge of possessing counterfeit currency will be requested through the Marin County District Attorney's Office.

Twenty-nine stolen vehicles have been recovered since the City of Sausalito's license plate recognition camera system became operational in May 2017, leading to the arrest of 33 individuals for various crimes. Any questions about the City's license plate cameras may be directed to Captain Bill Fraass at bfraass@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4170.
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