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Stolen License Plates Used to Steal Gasoline-Unproven!
Summary of the eRumor: This message claims that the
facts came from a state trooper. It alerts everybody to be aware of
whether your license plate has been stolen because thieves are using them
in schemes to steal gasoline. They allegedly put the stolen plate on
a car then drive away from a gas station without paying. If someone
got the license plate number--you could be the one in trouble for "pump
The Truth: This eRumor doesn't identify the alleged
trooper who was the source of the information or what state and city these
events took place.
We've not found any official law enforcement warnings or cases where this
has happened, but it's clearly possible.
It doesn't matter why someone took your license plate---the theft needs to
be reported. Most commonly, license plates are taken by crooks who
don't want a car to be identified by the license plate such as in an auto
theft, a robbery, or some other crime.
Also, if a stolen plate has been used in a crime, the owner of the plate
is not going to be held responsible. If someone stole some gas using
your license plate on the car they used for the theft, the crook is
responsible, not the person from whom the plate was stolen.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
INFO FROM A STATE TROOPER....PLEASE READ!!!!!
A woman said her son found his license plate missing so
he called the police
to file a report. They told him people were stealing the plates to get
gas. Given the rise in gas prices, people have taken to stealing license
plates, putting them on their car, then getting gas and running. The gas
station will have "your" license plate # and you could be in trouble for
"pump and run." Check your car periodically to be sure you still have a
plate. If you should find it missing, file a report immediately!!! Keep an
eye on your license plate! Make sure you always know it's there! When the
license plate is reported as the "drive off vehicle", it's YOU they
Be aware!!!! Be aware of your license plates, most of us never look to see
if the plates are there or not.
PLEASE PASS ON........
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