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Old 06-11-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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I was reading the blotter and seems that stolen license plates are very common in the crime reports, I was wondering if there is a bigger issue that we are not aware of.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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No, it's the same across the Potomac. Steal someone's tags, put them on the (probably stolen) car you're going to use in a crime and you've created a couple different rabbit holes for investigators to follow.

I worked with a guy who had his tags stolen. He wasn't going to do anything but I strongly encouraged him to report it. A couple months later the tags were used on a car in some crime in Charles County. He was called as a witness in the trial to testify that those had benn his tags and were stolen.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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They are not always used on stolen cars or even to commit crimes. Some people just can't get a license, tags or insurance so they take someone else's tags to use. They know the chances of a tag being run by LE is pretty slim.
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Old 06-11-2017, 05:48 PM
 
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I worked with a guy who had his tags stolen. He wasn't going to do anything
How could you not do anything? You can't drive a car without tags, and you can't get replacement tags without reporting it. Was he just going to put his car in the garage and not drive it?
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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I'd imagine it would come in useful for dodging all the automated tolls too. Slap someone else's plates on a car and they get the bill. Good way to ruin someone's day.
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Old 06-11-2017, 07:59 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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How could you not do anything? You can't drive a car without tags, and you can't get replacement tags without reporting it. Was he just going to put his car in the garage and not drive it?
I have no idea. Just the rear tag was stolen so I think he figured he'd just move the front one to the back.
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