Gas Price Is High Informative - Stealing License Plates

Review by 23169 on 2007-06-01

This is true according to Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/autos/theft/gastheft.asp

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 free 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 contact! Be aware!!!! Be aware of your license plates, most of us never look to see if they're there.
Comments:20 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-07-09
Posted by Skye on 2007-06-01:
Thanks Lidman, great review. This is something Nancy Grace should of done a show on, and not on fire crotch Lohan. Who gives a crap she wrecked her car.

War, gas prices, missing children, license plate stealing, all newsworthy.

So sick of this Hollycrap they force down our throats. Sorry for the rant.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-06-01:
A description of the car is also required for the police report...not just the license plate number. When a cop runs the license plate...the registration pops up with the owners name, make/model/color of vehicle. If all that information don't jive then it can't be prosecuted! I know because my Uncle who has been a Florida Trooper for 29 years gets these cases all the time.
Posted by tander on 2007-06-01:
I've seen this happen alot, we report license plates and the car doesn't match up to the plate, we also see them drive up with no plates on their cars too.
Posted by tander on 2007-06-01:
Usually the place they drive off from, gets a description of the car and when it doesn't match up, they know it wasn't the person who got gas.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-06-01:
Your right on the money tander!
Posted by Starlord on 2007-06-01:
ejack, nice try, but not quite a cigar. Most states on a 10-28 (registration check) do not show car color. I wish they did. I used to be a deputy sheriff, and in Arizona, for instance, you get the make, model,body style, year, VIN and owner's name and address, as well as expiration date. A cop is much more likely to note that the license plate does not belong on the vehicle, than that plate wason the vehicle that stole the gas.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-06-02:
I was no cop so you tell us in more detail what cops see when they do the 10-28. I know a cop can tell if a tag is not assigned to a particular vehicle. Thats pretty much where I was getting at. Thanks for clarifying that color isn't included. :)
Posted by Starlord on 2007-06-02:
No problem. I only got the color in a few returns from other states where they do note the color on the registration. It always surprised me, and I thought it was a great idea, but I had no input on trying to get Arizona to change things. Oh, well.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02:
Hey starlord, where were you in AZ?
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-06-02:
I wonder just how much rising gas prices will escalate gas theft. I remember the spike that introduced locking gas caps to the market.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-06-02:
Slim, I expect a good bit. I do know in this area some of the stations that once allowed customers who were paying in cash to fill the tank and then pay, are now requiring payment in advance due to the drive offs. Good review Lid.
Posted by SilverWngs71 on 2007-06-02:
I know when we got our new Aztek we put a locking gas cap on to keep ppl from siphoning our gas. Great post Liddy!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02:
These people stealing licenese plates are a brick short of a load. All they accomplish is confusion. I seriously doubt original owners are going to be held responcible and you can't prosecute the owners based on mismatched identity. I havn't visited snopes, however if they are presenting this information to scare people, they should also do thier homework and assure original license plate owners that they aren't really going to take the rap.
Posted by S. on 2007-06-02:
Rats! They caught up with me.

Nohandle, in our area it's been that way for years. Of course credit card purchases don't have to pay in advance. So much for living in a semi-affluent suburb. :)
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02:
Thanks everybody for your comments!
Posted by tander on 2007-06-02:
I think it would be a great idea to pre-pay on gasoline pumps, I know in some states they do prepay but why can't all states do it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-02:
Don't steal license plates everyone, if caught stealing license plates you will be making license plates.
Posted by tickytack on 2007-06-04:
And you're posting this here because....?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-05:
tickytack, if you don't know why do you care?
Now I know who JayD's wife is.
Posted by Irisgirlsmama on 2007-07-09:
I worked at a gas station once. I don't know how many other ones are like the one I was at, but our cameras sucked. If someone did a pump and run we were told to run out if necessary and try to get the plate #. However on a busy day with all the pumps full, and people in and out, it was very easy for a person to take off be for you would notice. The lot would clear and you would still have a button beeping unpaid. I was told to keep an eye out for people to throw their arms up and face you. I guess this is a tell tale sign of a pump and run. I don't know, I've never seen any one do it. They should have done pre-pay only. Maybe the company would have saved enough money to stay afloat...

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