Brentwood to get license-plate readers amid slayings of teenagers

BRENTWOOD, N.Y.  — Officials say a Long Island city is installing dozens of license-plate readers to help investigators collect key data amid a string of brutal killings in the city.

Officials say about 50 cameras will be placed at roughly 20 locations throughout Brentwood.

Four Brentwood High School teens have been found dead over the past several weeks. The skeletal remains of an 18-year-old, who police say was a known MS-13 gang member, were also found in the city last week.

Suffolk County police officials tell Newsday they want to install the cameras in the coming months.

License-plate readers capture plate information that can then be checked against a list of wanted suspects, missing people and stolen vehicles.

Police say they're paying for the cameras using $1 million in state funding.

Nisa Mickens, 15; Kayla Cuevas, 16; Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, had attended the same high school in Brentwood before they were killed. (Photo: Suffolk County Police)

Nisa Mickens, 15; Kayla Cuevas, 16; Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, had attended the same high school in Brentwood before they were killed. (Photo: Suffolk County Police)