FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Fayetteville police sent out an alert on Sunday for a silver pickup truck.
They say the truck driver hit a man, Moises Velasquez, on Bragg Boulevard near the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway and left the 30-something dead on the road.
“Being able to seize that vehicle that you know is on the way to an arrest and what it does for the family is worth it,” said Sgt. Jeremy Glass with the Fayetteville Police Department.
Glass said the photo taken by a city camera and a license plate reader in the area led Fayetteville police to the truck.
“We were then able to go back to the different license plate readers that we have and place this vehicle near the scene,” Glass said.
Fayetteville police installed dozens of license plate-reading cameras at strategic locations around the city last year. They have been a crucial tool in solving cases in Fayetteville, according to police.
“Force multiplier, he put his eyes out there all over town,” Glass said.
A Fayetteville police employee monitors city cameras and license plate readers around the clock.
Glass said it takes time to go through data and images. They realize time is running out when they search for that lead.
“It helps us build this case. It’s a piece of that puzzle that’s really going to help us in our case,” Glass said.
He also said the search for the van brought them closer to finding the suspect in the case.