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Three arrested after being caught in stolen vehicle

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three people were arrested after deputies caught them in a car stolen from Charleston.

Anthony Ross Harmon, 25, of Charleston; Ashley Nichole Wilkinson, 24, of Cross Lanes; and Phillip Lane Daughtery, 39, of Suwanee, Ga., were arrested Wednesday morning in the Davis Creek area, Cpl. Brian Humphreys, Kanawha Sheriff's Department spokesman, said in a press release.

Sgt. J.H. Thaxton was patrolling in his cruiser, which is equipped with a license plate reader, when the alarm alerted him that a stolen vehicle had just passed.

The license plate reader consists of a system of cameras mounted to the outside of the cruiser and linked to a computer inside. The cameras capture images of license plates passing and the computer checks them against local and national databases.

The vehicle was a 2007 Honda Accord reported stolen from Charleston Tuesday. Thaxton stopped the vehicle and identified Wilkinson as the driver. Daughtery was sitting in the front seat while Harmon sat in the back. The vehicle allegedly was stolen from Harmon's grandmother.

Wilkinson and Harmon were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Daughtery was charged with joyriding.

Charleston police are working to determine how the vehicle was stolen.

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