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Man charged after police catch him using license plate camera

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:01 p.m. HST, Feb 24, 2014

A 25-year-old Mililani man nabbed on Saturday with the help of new high-speed camera technology adopted by the Honolulu Police Department was charged with multiple offenses Monday.

An HPD officer using a recently installed automated license plate reader -- which allows for rapid search of HPD's database of vehicles and drivers -- stopped Maui Remigio in Moiliili as Remigio was allegedly driving a vehicle that was reported stolen.

Remigio was charged Monday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, possession of burglary tools, third-degree possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, air gun restrictions and three contempt warrants. Remigio's bail was set at $15,000.

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Anonymous wrote:
Need more cameras !!!
on February 24,2014 | 06:55AM
twitter6 wrote:
Yes, install the cameras on all HPD cars and get these punks off the street. They key is keeping them locked up for a long time. Probation or community service has no value.
on February 24,2014 | 08:19AM
808warriorfan wrote:
Just shoot these PUNKS.....
on February 24,2014 | 07:23PM
Giligan wrote:
One swift kick!
on February 25,2014 | 05:13AM
joseph007 wrote:
Amazing what these crooks can do. Unfortunately they are on the winning side for now, because the city prosecutor, Keith Kaneshiro, does not take crime seriously.
on February 24,2014 | 06:56AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
He doesn't make the laws, but he must follow them to a T. So many times his hands are tied and the public blames the prosecuting office when they lose a case. That is just plain ignorance. Remember what your parents always taught you - think before you talk.
on February 24,2014 | 08:11AM
droid wrote:
Before you defend Keith Kaneshiro, remember he was too busy to try the Chris Deedy murder case, and instead, assigned it to his deputy, who flubbed it. Former Mayor and Prosecutor Peter Carlisle would have never done that.

Instead, Kaneshiro spends his resources directing raids of small businesses to confiscate arcade-style gambling machines. Way to set your priorities, Keith!
on February 24,2014 | 08:47AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
See. Ignorance. She did not flub it. The law dictated the process, whether we liked it or not. And btw, I loved it - we need more Deedy's ridding us of punks like that.
on February 24,2014 | 09:45AM
kekelaward wrote:
Deedy was an i.diot and got involved only because he had a firearm and a fed mentality.
on February 24,2014 | 11:16AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
And was inebriated. So? Still, more Deedys for me please. Me or my family not out in early am hours - nothing good happens then.
on February 24,2014 | 11:38AM
krusha wrote:
You can tell he didn't want to take the case in the first place. Usually prosecutors don't want to go too hard on those law enforcement guys in court.
on February 24,2014 | 10:39AM
false wrote:
Yeah, former mayor and prosecutor only took the slam dunk cases that's why. LOL
on February 24,2014 | 12:22PM
nitpikker wrote:
wow! paying off already!
on February 24,2014 | 07:29AM
HawaiiNoKaOi wrote:
Long overdue!......an good for Hawaii! Good job HPD!
on February 24,2014 | 07:58AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Now wait. There was a traffic stop. The cop used the new camera to record the plate and query the database. I don't get it. He used the reader after he'd already stopped the car. Why not just call the plate in and have it checked the traditional way? I get the impression this story is mainly intended to justify the purchase of these plate readers. But it's clear from the details that the reader was completely superfluous in this particular case. The old way would've given the identical results.
on February 24,2014 | 08:17AM
kekelaward wrote:
Good point. The writer may have messed up the story though.
on February 24,2014 | 08:33AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yes, indeed it does look like the story was revised. Miracles do happen -- who knew... I'm amused by the new headline, though. Makes it sound like the guy was arrested because HE was using the license plate camera!
on February 25,2014 | 03:10AM
kiragirl wrote:
There is a time (speed) difference. Computerization verses human intervention and the cost for labor.
on February 24,2014 | 09:57AM
mrluke wrote:
One thing to remember - No one ever goes to prison for stealing cars. The arrest and judicial process just inconveniences them for a little while!
on February 24,2014 | 08:18AM
Geb wrote:
Yup, usually no proof that they actually stole the car. Just unauthorized use.
on February 24,2014 | 05:50PM
kekelaward wrote:
Using one of three cars in East Honolulu? A better proving ground would be Kalihi, Waipahu/Pearl City, Ewa Beach or Waianae. More poor use of assets by HPD administrators.
on February 24,2014 | 08:37AM
SueH wrote:
Are we "area profiling" now??? Shame, shame! Not politically correct.
on February 24,2014 | 09:19AM
kekelaward wrote:
Yep. Totally un-PC., but full of common sense. When trying out a new fishing rod you have to go where there are a lot of fish.
on February 24,2014 | 11:19AM
Skyler wrote:
But car thieves target East Honolulu - why not catch the criminals @ the bait source?
on February 24,2014 | 12:00PM
readergirl wrote:
@kekelaward - it seems like you don't like HPD or anyone with a badge per your anti Deedy remarks above...just an observation of your not so positive remarks ...
on February 24,2014 | 12:12PM
nyewarrior wrote:
Not a bad idea, The ones driving stolen vehicles probably have outstanding warrants on file also. On the other hand HPD and the courts had better be ready to deal with the volume.
on February 24,2014 | 08:44AM
Skyler wrote:
HPD couldn't care less about outstanding warrants. I've actually seen them let criminals drive off - even after writing them a 3rd citation for the exact same offense.
on February 24,2014 | 12:02PM
fiveo wrote:
These camera's were first used in California by the police there. They are effective however there does need to be rules and limits as to how they can be used or things will easily get out of hand and Big Brother will as always start to use them to invade our individual liberties and set up a vast surveillance grid. As always these kinds of technologies are two sided. They can be used for good or evil.
on February 24,2014 | 09:39AM
krusha wrote:
Seems like the only rights that are getting protected are these crooks. If you can't do the time, then don't do the crime in the first place and you won't have anything to worry about.
on February 24,2014 | 10:44AM
localguy wrote:
Exactly. There is no reason to keep the records of license plate scans beyond 24 hours. Computer didn't make a hit, dump the file. Sad to say there are many in Law Enforcement who suffer from the OCD Data Hoarding, thinking everything should be kept forever.
on February 24,2014 | 11:55AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Seems like a very good tool for HPD. Now if we can only figure out a way to catch those guys who drive without insurance.....
on February 24,2014 | 10:32AM
Skyler wrote:
They won't do anything to them even if they do, so why waste the time?
on February 24,2014 | 12:03PM
krusha wrote:
Great to see these things paying off so quickly. Crooks will think twice before trying to drive on the streets with their stolen vehicles.
on February 24,2014 | 10:37AM
kiragirl wrote:
Funny. THEIR stolen vehicle?
on February 24,2014 | 04:45PM
niimi wrote:
We need cameras on unmarked police vehicles so that we can trap all the speeders and egregious driving violations.
on February 24,2014 | 11:00AM
jtamura69 wrote:
So that means you never went 1 mph over the speed limit, signaled every time you changed lanes or made a turn, came to a complete stop at every stop sign, and yielded at every yield sign? Give us all a break!!
on February 25,2014 | 01:38AM
niimi wrote:
IF you don't do anything wrong then no worry.
on February 24,2014 | 11:01AM
tutulois wrote:
This sounds like good use of the new technology!
on February 24,2014 | 01:11PM
kahu808 wrote:
Imagine if insurance companies were required to report which vehicle owners were up to date on their vehicle policies? It would probably reduce uninsured cars out there.
on February 24,2014 | 02:44PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Correct. There should be a system, accessible to HPD, that shows when insurance lapses.The agents should be held responsible to input any stoppage of no fault insurance. This information should be made immediately available to the police.
on February 24,2014 | 03:28PM
jtamura69 wrote:
That's great!! Now if we can get these other cops out of their private vehicles and on the roads with regular blue and whites the police would be more effective, efficient, and have more presence on the street.
on February 24,2014 | 04:40PM
BUK wrote:
Very slippery slope. Imagine if the police or government could hear everything we say or see everything we do. Then there would be absolutely no crime right? Cameras and microphones everywhere! Even in our homes!
on February 24,2014 | 05:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
But this isn't in our homes. It's in plain public sight. The only difference between this and a police officer memorizing the license plates of all stolen vehicles is that HPD is leveraging technology to do their jobs more efficiently. If you're not a car thief, you have nothing to worry about.
on February 24,2014 | 05:17PM
soundofreason wrote:
"The driver was arrested on suspicion of car theft, possession of burglary tools and three outstanding bench warrants.">>> A lot of good THAT does when Judges like Perkins just let them out again.
on February 24,2014 | 05:42PM
st1d wrote:
"Suspect arrested using new police license plate camera"

how did the suspect get to use the camera?

on February 24,2014 | 08:05PM
st1d wrote:
"Man charged after police catch him using license plate camera"

??? how did he get to use the camera?

on February 24,2014 | 08:19PM
st1d wrote:
Man charged after police catch him using license plate camera

still wondering how he got to use the camera.

on February 24,2014 | 08:18PM
BH1 wrote:
Confusing headline. It should read something like POLICE USE LICENSE PLATE CAMERA TO CATCH MAN DRIVING STOLEN CAR. I thought this guy was busted using some type of illegal camera.
on February 25,2014 | 01:11AM
Oio wrote:
Hooray!! Hawaii is getting out of hand. The law enforcement need all the high tech help it can get. No, I don't consider this a violation of my rights. I consider crime and those who perpetuate it a violation of my rights. No BS here. Criminals, psychos, druggies, murderers, rapists, thieves, robbers, you name 'em, they're in Hawaii ready! And they all need wheels to do their crime and flee! Unless, law enforcement have faster tools to bust 'em!
on February 25,2014 | 03:38AM
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