Feds credit license plate reader for catching Kansas robber

October 17, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Prosecutors are crediting data from a license plate reader for narrowing the search for the suspect in the robbery of a Walgreens store in Topeka.

The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Wednesday that Bill Oliver Chavez, 42, of Topeka was charged with one count of robbing a commercial business. The indictment alleges he robbed the store on Sept. 13.

Prosecutors say the suspect lifted his shirt at the store to show the cashier what appeared to be the butt of a gun. The cashier emptied the register.

Surveillance video showed the robber was driving a four-door Nissan Maxima with a sunroof. An investigator then used license plate reader data to search for similar cars and owners who fit the robber's description.

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