Metro villains have been feasting on the license plate special. The plates have been vanishing from a growing number of area bumpers.
Most people aren’t in the habit of checking their license plate status when they get in and out of their vehicles so you might not notice something like that for a while.
Someone stole the plates off of Jenn Parent's car and days went by before she realized they were gone.
“Friday before Christmas is when I noticed,” she said. “It could have been gone for up a week before that.”
The first thing you need to do if your plates are missing is make a police report because someone is driving around with your plates on their car.
Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing said, “That way, they protect themselves if that person steals the plate and they want to go out and do some criminal activity or if they're just putting a plate on a vehicle we want to make sure they get caught.”
The thief who hit Jenn’s car cut the plates off with a bolt cutter. Now she has to spend time and money at the DMV to get new plates, “and I found out from the lady who works at the window that they ended up having six to seven people that had come up to get replacement plates because their plates had been stolen,” she said.
Right now, Jenn displays her new plates in the window of her car. She doesn’t want to be ripped off again.
She said, “If you want my plates at this point you're going to have to work a little harder to get them.”
You can slow down license plate thieves by using anti-theft locking bolts. You have to have a special tool to take them off. It might be just enough hassle to make the crooks move on to the next vehicle.