License plate reader catches stolen car, suspect

Published: August 10, 2021 10:29 AM EDT
Updated: August 10, 2021 10:31 AM EDT
Kenneth Ray. Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office

A Fort Myers Beach man was arrested Monday night after a license plate reader detected him driving a stolen car.

Kenneth Ray, 48, drove a blue Hyundai through a license plate reader while heading to Fort Myers Beach after 11 p.m. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were notified that it belonged to a stolen vehicle and found the car, pulling Ray over. Ray got out of the car and ran from the deputies, but was caught after a brief chase. During the investigation, deputies found Ray did not have a driver’s license.

Ray was taken to the West District substation, where deputies say they found a glass pipe belonging to him in the backseat of the patrol car that transported him. Ray was taken to the Lee County Jail. He now faces charges of resisting arrest without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

The vehicle theft investigation is still active.