New surveillance cameras a big help in fighting crimes
GONZALES- A string of six armed robberies of Gonzales businesses over the course of a year galvanized Police Chief Sherman Jackson's pursuit of police surveillance cameras.
The break in the case came after surveillance video from a business gave officers a glimpse of a car at the scene of one of the crimes.
Gonzales police spotted the vehicle days after the sixth robbery, and arrested a New Orleans man.
Gonzales obtained three cameras, part of what's called license plate reader systems that combine stationary cameras on city roadways with software systems at police headquarters for data storage of still photos, in July 2015.
The Gonzales City Council approved $120,000 for the purchase in its 2015-16 capital outlay budget passed in May of last year.