SAPS warn against licence plate theft

In one week two incidents have been reported, with one of the incidents captured on camera of the brazen suspects entering private property in Alexandra Rd to steal vehicle licence plates off the vehicles parked on premises.

Two unidentified men wearing heavy winter jackets and white gloves can be seen stealing a number plate from a white BMW on the premises with registration number NP 137226.  A silver Mazda SUV vehicle parked outside an Alexandra road complex has been identified as the getaway vehicle for the suspects and has  no licence plate.

Community Policing Forum Chairperson Milton Ncolosi cautioned residents to keep their premises locked and if they suspect any suspicious activity to report to the police.

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“No crime is too trivial to report to the police. A crime is a crime, you never know what other greater crimes you maybe stopping from reporting even a stolen licence plate” said Ncolosi.

SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police were currently investigating possible robberies and hijacked vehicles with the reported licence number and other similar cases.  He also pointed out that in certain instances, criminals used the licence in other criminal activity such as robberies, changing licence plates on hijacked vehicles.

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“Police are on high alert for any other similar crimes, and investigating the reported case. Any information from the public is also encouraged in solving these crimes,” said Ngobese.

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Bongeka Sibisi
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