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Live Monitoring of Surveillance Cameras Yields Arrest

11:23 PM, Nov 22, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -A man, Columbia police say, was tampering with cars, was caught in Five Points Friday night. 

What was unusual about this arrest that it was made using the city's surveillance cameras that police were monitoring live. 

According to Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago a known criminal was caught on video tapering with cars in Five Points Friday Night.

Santiago says the arrest was all made possible because someone was monitoring the cameras and getting a picture of the suspect to an officer in the area.

The live monitoring is being done on a temporary basis and has been in effect for a little more than a week in the City of Columbia.

Santiago says the department is testing out the live monitoring to see if it should be part of the tools that police use to monitor the city on a permanent basis.  

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