A $45,600 grant will help combat auto theft in the Tri-Cities. The money, from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority, will pay for two automated license plate readers -- one used by Richland police and one by Pasco police. Kennewick police already have a reader.
The devices will be placed atop police vehicles and used to detect stolen cars and those wanted in connection with Amber Alerts or similar matters.
The Richland City Council this week voted to accept the grant. The city's police department is administering the grant for the Tri-Cities Regional Auto Theft Network.