Novato ALPR System Helps Officers Nab Car Thief

Novato ALPR System Helps Officers Nab Car Thief

NOVATO – On Friday May 8, Novato Police Department (NPD) issued a Community Bulletin about a stolen vehicle and a narcotics arrest.

At approximately 10:40 am Officer Sedeno, on patrol heading southbound on Novato Boulevard, was alerted by the Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) system about a vehicle that had just passed him in the northbound direction. The system indicated that the vehicle was reported as stolen. The Novato Police Department currently has several patrol vehicles outfitted with ALPR equipment to help identify stolen or suspect vehicles.

The officer quickly turned around and located the vehicle, which had suddenly parked at 2 Oliva Drive, apparently in an attempt to avoid contact with the officer. The driver and sole occupant was taken into custody without incident.

A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Petaluma.

The suspect was identified as Rolando Deltoro Herrera, a 38-year-old resident of Petaluma. He was booked into Marin County Jail for suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended license. Herrera’s occupation is listed as a drywall installer. His bail has been set at $25,000.

Herrera has an extensive history with area law enforcement, according to available records. Just a month prior to this incident, on April 17, he was arrested for burglary, driving with a suspended license, and possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. In March, under the name Rolando Deltoro, he was arrested for burglary and drug and paraphernalia possession.

The Napa County Sheriff’s office reported his arrest on December 17 on burglary charges. On December 7, he was charged with burglary and drug possession in Marin County. On May 23, while briefly residing in Novato, he was arrested on the same charges, along with possessing ammunition. He was also charged with burglary and failure to appear on a previous charge in Napa on May 28. On January 28, 2014 he was arrested in Marin County, again for drug and ammunition charges.

Some of those arrests may have been related to an October 9, 2013 arrest in American Canyon, when he and 27-year-old Lacey Glisson were arrested at the Walmart on suspicion of shoplifting. Herrera was found to have taken a music player, and to have been under the influence of a controlled substance. Glisson was found with cosmetics, over-the-counter medication, and a doggy Halloween costume, according to the Napa Valley Register. (Records also show Glisson with 4 other arrests for possessing controlled substances around the same time period.) Police also found methamphetamine and a meth pipe in their car.

Prior to the Walmart arrest, Herrera was charged with driving without a license or insurance, and for possessing a controlled substance, in March of 2012. He was picked up for possession and transportation of a controlled substance, along with being a prior felon in possession of a firearm in July of 2010.

Read More: Napa Valley Register: Pair arrested at Walmart Supercenter after alleged shoplifting incident

Novato ALPR System Helps Officers Nab Car Thief was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by admin
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