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Three offenders arrested over stolen plates

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November 13, 2017

Cobram police have arrested three people in the past week for the stealing of number plates, in separate incidents across the region.

On Friday, police intercepted a vehicle on the Murray Valley Hwy at Strathmerton, driven by an individual who already had an outstanding warrant.

Cobram police senior constable John Brunskill said the car was unregistered, and the man was unlicensed, carrying two stolen number plates allegedly stolen from a car in Pakenham earlier this month.

In a second incident, a man was intercepted allegedly intoxicated and driving an unregistered car with false plates stolen in July last year.

A third man was arrested on Thursday night, after police intercepted a car on the Murray Valley Hwy at Cobram.

The man had a false plate on the car and a stolen plate on the rear of his car and was arrested.

Snr Const Brunskill said instances of number plate stealing had risen in the past couple of months, and that thieves would stop at nothing to steal plates to commit crime.

Many offenders use stolen plates to avoid identification when committing serious offences such as petrol thefts, drugs trafficking and burglary.

Used as a way to avoid number plate theft, SAFEPL8 is an initiative of Victoria Police, with many local police stations participating.

Through the initiative, number plates are secured with one-way, anti-theft screws. Police have urged anyone who has had their number plates stolen to immediately contact police.

For more information about the SAFEPL8 program, contact your local police station.

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