Posted on 28th April 2014
Residents are being encouraged remain vigilant and report recovered number plates to police following an increase of the theft in the area.
In recent weeks, reports of thieves removing number plates from cars, vans and motorbikes have risen, with recent incidents reported by residents living in Bolsover and Chesterfield.
On Thursday, April 24, police received a call from a member of the public to report a set of numbers plates that had been found in the undergrowth on a footpath on Terrace Lane in Pleasley.
Officers investigating the incident have linked the recovered registration plate to a crime in South Normanton.
At around 7.25pm on Saturday, April 19, a man drove onto the forecourt of Meteor Service Station on Alfreton Road in South Normanton, filled up his vehicle with fuel and then drove off at speed without paying.
Inspector Russell Dakin from the Community Safety Unit said: “This incident highlights how criminals are stealing number plates to commit crime and are quickly discarding them.
“We are seeing a marked increase in theft of number plates and we would urge all motorists to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity to police to prevent a crime from happening.
“We would like to encourage all members of the public who may see discarded or hidden vehicle registration plates to take possession of them and inform us as we may be able to recover forensic evidence or link the number plate to a recently committed crime involving their use.”
To report an incident call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.