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License Plate Thefts Continue in Annapolis

Police say three more license plates were taken from area vehicles bringing the total to seven.

Three more license plates were stolen off vehicles in Annapolis bringing the total to seven since the start of the new year, according to city police.

A license plate was stolen off a motorcycle in the 1200 block of Marda Lane sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. And both plates were taken off a vehicle in the 1000 block of Baywind Drive on Jan. 3 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In total, five vehicles have had one or more plates removed.

"Unfortunately, it is difficult to link the thefts to one person as they are city-wide and no particular vehicle," Sgt. Eric Crane said.

Earlier this month, Crane told Patch that people steal plates for a number of reasons. Thieves put them on a stolen vehicle, or on their car to commit another crime. He also said some people steal plates because they are unable to register their own vehicle because they owe money to the Motor Vehicle Administration.

He said police are still note sure whether the thefts are related.

The stolen plate numbers are as follows: 37W012, 1AW8429, 021165X and 9D0064.

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  • String of License Plate Thefts Hits Annapolis
Greg Brennan January 10, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Can the police use their various automated plate-reading technologies to look for these around town?
Karen Essen January 10, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Greg, that otherwise sounds like a great idea with one exception. Those license plate readers are passive law enforcement devices. Fighting crime requires active work...and one thing the Annapolis Police Department is not is "active." If a criminal walks up to an APD officer's regular booth at Rocco's or Bella Italia and drops the plates in his or her lap, the case MIGHT get solved (even then it's iffy). Otherwise, we can just expect the APD's usual results: "An investigation continues..."

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