Car thieves beware

Driving a stolen car through San Francisco is becoming more risky.

Some police patrol cars in The City are now equipped with cameras that constantly scan the license plates of vehicles in their range, police said.

“If a vehicle is wanted for any specific reason, the officers are immediately notified,” police said.

Does it work? One morning last week, the so-called PAGIS system alerted Bayview cops to a stolen vehicle they had driven past in the area of Newcomb and Newhall streets, police said.

“When the officers made a U-turn to go back to the vehicle … the subject driving it made an immediate stop and got out of the car,” police said. “He tried to casually walk away.”

Cops arrested him, police said.

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