To Catch a Thief

4 months 5 days ago #667974 by Srogers
Dear Members,
 
I’m asking for some assistance here.  This past year I had a thief drive onto my property and steal some items out of my shed when I wasn’t home.  I did catch the guy on one of my trail cams, but the night vision on the camera whited-out his license plate to where it is not readable.  I don’t have the software, tools, or know-how for trying to get the plate number to be revealed.  It may not even been possible, but I was hoping someone on the site could, at least, try and help me out.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I’m attaching three of several identical photos of the thief’s truck and the whited-out license plate.  Thank you for any help.

Make: Stealth Cam
Model: STC-G42NG
ISO: 4000
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Captured: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 19:38pm
Make: Stealth Cam
Model: STC-G42NG
ISO: 4000
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Captured: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 19:39pm
Make: Stealth Cam
Model: STC-G42NG
ISO: 4200
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter speed: 1/40 sec
Captured: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 19:43pm


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4 months 5 days ago #667977 by garyrhook
There is no recoverable information in those blown-out areas. Sorry, but I don't think any forensics can help here.


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4 months 5 days ago #667988 by effron
Yup, I tried but its totally blown out......

Why so serious?
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4 months 4 days ago #668090 by Ruby Grace
Yep, and people use reflective material on their plate covers to avoid camera detection too.  But in this case, all the information is toast here.  Sorry.

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4 months 4 days ago #668131 by Frost Photography
Very unfortunate, sorry for your circumstances.  But there is no way that will be recovered.  

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4 months 4 days ago #668148 by Ken Brun
Wasn't there an article a few weeks that went in about Germans coming up with some crazy tech that could recover lost pixels even when blown out? 


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4 months 3 days ago #668162 by Joe Vertz
Dang that sucks.  What did the police say? 


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