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Mall Cameras Catch Car Thief

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It’s modern technology at its finest, a suspect in a stolen vehicle goes from hanging out at Arden Fair Mall to getting handcuffed all because he simply drove through the mall’s parking lot.

“Basically, our vehicles each have cameras based at 45 degree angles on each vehicle,” said Head of Mall Security Steve Reed.

Security cars with cameras drive up and down the mall’s parking lot, scanning vehicles for stolen plates.

“We will call it in confirm the plate is stolen and then we retrace our [closed-circuit television] footage,” said Reed.

And if the driver is nowhere to be found there are nearly 200 cameras at the mall watching your every move.

“Everyone who comes here when they get out of their car they  leave a visual footprint and all we do when we get a stolen car we follow the footprint,” said Reed.

As our latest suspect strolled through the mall, police waited at the bottom of the escalator before arresting him.

We also caught up with the victim of the stolen vehicle who later watched it all unfold on camera.

“I’m shocked he is even driving it. He is not even supposed to be driving. The tags are expired,” the man said.

The new $35,000 cameras and software has led to 3 arrests in the past 2 months at Arden Fair Mall.

The cameras uses infared technology and they are HD.