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  • License plate scanners tracked bank robbery suspect

  • A device designed to scan the license plates of vehicles that have been stolen or are being driven by criminal suspects helped Medford police track the Grants Pass woman suspected of robbing a Medford Wells Fargo Bank this weekend.
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  • A device designed to scan the license plates of vehicles that have been stolen or are being driven by criminal suspects helped Medford police track the Grants Pass woman suspected of robbing a Medford Wells Fargo Bank this weekend.
    Karen Ilene McGuire, 53, of the 5800 block of Lower River River Road, is held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery and first-degree theft. Her bail is set at $1.01 million, jail records show.
    "It definitely played a role in solving this bank robbery," Sgt. Derek Parks of Medford police said of the Automatic License Plate Reader — ALPR — devices that led authorities to McGuire's door.
    Two Medford police patrol cars are fitted with the ALPR equipment. It is used to try to track vehicles that have been stolen or were seen fleeing a crime scene, Medford police officials said.
    "As the (patrol car's) going down the roadway, it's just constantly taking pictures of license plates," Parks said. "If the vehicle's in operation, we try to use them daily. It'll alert you."
    McGuire is suspected of entering the Wells Fargo at 1128 S. Riverside Ave. at 12:23 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. She allegedly handed a note to a teller that demanded cash, but did not display a weapon or claim to be armed. The teller obliged, and McGuire left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt.
    Officers in the area checked video from their patrol vehicles and identified McGuire's vehicle, a white 1986 Toyota 4-Runner, driving from the scene. A responding officer driving a patrol car equipped with an ALPR scanned the license plate. The vehicle was registered in McGuire's name, and also pulled up McGuire's home address. Police drove there at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, where they arrested her before transporting her to the jail.
    McGuire's Josephine County criminal history, if any, is not known.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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