RSW license plate reader catches woman with stolen license plate

Reporter: Justin Kase Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Jessica Leigh Singleton, 27. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman accused of stealing someone’s license plate was caught by a license plate reader at the airport.

Sunday, Lee County Port Authority arrested Jessica Leigh Singleton, 27, at a 7-Eleven gas station near Southwest Florida International Airport after one of the airport cameras detected she was driving a car with a stolen license plate.

When investigators found Singleton, she was standing outside her car at the gas station. She told them she got the stolen license plate from a friend and bought the car she was driving the same day.

People we spoke to believe Singleton’s arrest was warranted, but they are split on the airport technology.

“It worries me a little bit because it begins to look like it’s an infringement on our rights,” Gail Persons said.

Others are not worried about the camera readers.

“I believe, if a person doesn’t have anything to hide, they really shouldn’t be offended by it,” Simeon Springer said.

Florida Statutes show law enforcement agencies are able to access information from things such as license plate readers as long as it deals with their official duties.

Singelton told investigators she didn’t have time to get her paperwork in line because she had to pick someone up at the airport.

Singleton faces charges for Failure to Register Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Suspended and Attached Registration License Plate Not Assigned.

Singleton was taken to Lee County Jail and posted $6,000 bond.


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