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Pasco deputies get new fingerprint ID device

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies showed off a device that is supposed to make identifying suspects easier.

On Friday at the Pasco County Sheriff's office, Deputy Dan Fenstemacher demonstrated a gadget that scans and identifies finger prints wirelessly.

The scanner is light, and the size of a smaller cell phone.  It scans the prints and runs the images against the existing databases.

PCSO deputies say this will help them identify criminals in the field.  They told us that last week a suspect gave them wrong identity, but after using the scanner they discovered his real name and found out that there were warrants out for his arrest.  

"The main benefit is to be able to identify criminals that are avoiding giving us their proper name," said Deputy Fenstemacher.  "Whether it's because they have a warrant, they could be wanted for a murder in another state and if they're giving us a false name, we may never discover that information so it's a valuable tool." 

The scanner helped in a number of cases in the county over the last few weeks. 

In one case, a deputy stopped a man who identified himself as Richard Pecheco.  That deputy ran his print from the field and discovered he was Nathan Carreras from Port Richey.  The deputy also discovered Carreras had warrants out of Hernando County for resisting arrest.  Deputies arrested Carreras and took him to the Pasco County jail.

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