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Keep an eye on your license plates

Gates, N.Y. There are car break-ins, car thefts, and now, it appears license plate theft is becoming more common throughout the area.

This past weekend, more than 100 plates were stolen from cars in at least 5 apartment parking lots in the Town of Gates and Chili.

The Northampton apartments on Spencerport Road were one of the complexes targeted.

Why would you take them? asked Lorraine Laforce, who had a plate stolen from the rear of her car. Unless its a prank, but I dont know.

Police in Gates are also trying to figure out the motive behind the license plate thefts. Gates Police Chief James Vanbrederode said because of the volume of the plates being stolen, he said its a possibility someone may be selling them for scrap.

Were all checking the scrap yards to see if anybody is turning these in, he said. Aluminum is at about 54 cents a pound right now, and five plates make up about one pound.

Those whove had plates stolen are encouraged to fill out an MV78B form from the DMV, and the plates will be replaced free of charge.

Police acknowledge the annoyance factor behind the crime.

You have to go to the DMV, stand in line and fill out paperwork, said Vanbrederode. Its a real inconvenience.

As a result of the thefts, the Monroe County Clerks Office has decided to open the mobile DMV unit early on Tuesday, April 15th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. That DMV unit is located Chili Town Hall

Just one month ago, 13WHAM News reported on approximately 100 plates being stolen from apartment parking lots in both Chili and Irondequoit. The investigation behind those thefts is ongoing.

 
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