Couple gets red light camera ticket for their stolen car

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – A couple had their car stolen while it was warming up outside in Hazelwood.  Three days later, the same Subaru sped through the intersection at Goodfellow and Natural Bridge Road; first at 10:30am and then at 3pm.

The couple didn’t have a clue. Days later, they got two red light camera tickets.  The fines will be waived, since the car was stolen. But, the victims feel it’s a missed opportunity. The red light cameras didn’t help catch the thief.

“Yeah, the crime was committed, but there was a separate kind of crime involved with this that they didn’t even know about, and they probably could have just by running the plate. They could have known right away that’s a stolen car.” said Don Harshbarger.

According to Hazelwood police, by the time the company American Traffic Solutions gets the ticket, it takes about two weeks to determine the owner and notify police.  An American Traffic Solutions spokesperson tells me the company does work closely with police departments. But mostly, it`s pulling video for police when they request it. The company isn’t constantly on the lookout for stolen cars.

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