June 17, 2024

License Plate Reader Technology Results in Arrests for VBPD Armed Robbery on Atlantic Avenue

On June 13, 2024, at 2:23 a.m., officers from the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 900 block of Atlantic Ave.

During the investigation, detectives utilized license plate reader and traffic cameras to identify the suspect vehicle and track it to Newport News. In conjunction with the Newport News Police Department, the vehicle was located and four suspects inside the vehicle were arrested.

Ahmad Goodwin (M/27) of New Jersey, Zaden McFarland (M/19) of Chesapeake, and Jaheen Tynes (M/21) of Hampton have each been charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. In addition, a 17-year-old male has been charged with Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, Juvenile Possession of a Firearm, and the Use of a Mask.

“The use of technology such as our expanded citywide camera network, augmented by our recent addition of Flock regional license plate readers is a force multiplier for the VBPD,” said VBPD Chief Paul Neudigate. “These technologies play a direct role in solving crimes and apprehending suspects, such as in this offense where they enabled us to apprehend the suspects in hours, confiscate the firearm used, and recovery property that was stolen from our victim.  There is no doubt that our increased use of cameras and license plate readers are helping us to keep the City of Virginia Beach one of the safest large cities in the nation.”

(Note: The charges mentioned in this press release are accusations, and the arrested individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)

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