Cops are desperate to speak to a mystery man after a thief left a trail of carnage in an upscale suburb when he snatched more than 100 number plates from parked cars.
- Police are looking for a thief who stole the number plates
- More than 100 cars were damaged in a suburb
Police are searching for a thief who stole more than 100 license plates from parked cars in an early morning crime spree.
Between 1am and 5am on Sunday, more than 100 vehicles were removed and stolen in the Brighton-Le-Sands area, 13km south of Sydney.
Targeted streets included Bay, O’Neill, Bay, Princess, Bruce, Gordon Streets, Crawford Roads, Teralpa, Brighton and Moat Avenues.
As investigations continue, the police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to who may be able to help with their investigation.
The man is described as Mediterranean/Middle Eastern in appearance, between 25 and 30 years old, of medium build, bald-headed, and dark-bearded.
Police have now released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to after the number plates of more than 100 cars were stolen in Brighton-le-Sands on Sunday.
Targeted streets included Bay, O’Neill, Bay, Princess, Bruce, Gordon, Crawford, Teralba Roads and Brighton and Moate Avenues in the Brighton-le-Sands area (stock photo)
He is shown wearing a black T-shirt, shorts, and gray panties.
A video uploaded to social media over the weekend showed carnage at four streets in Brighton-le-Sands, with thieves either stealing car number plates entirely or bending them over.
Number plates are usually targeted by criminals who place them on other vehicles to avoid getting caught when breaking the law.
The police may then issue fines or even arrest unsuspecting motorists whose plates have been stolen.
Community groups are urging drivers to increase security and anti-theft measures to reduce the spread of number plate crime.
Cases of plate theft have jumped in Australia since the pandemic as criminals have gotten smarter, moving from stealing fuel and breaking into cars to stealing their belongings.
While the latter still happens, the police and the RACV have warned drivers to insure their plates to avoid receiving thousands of fines piling up in the mail.
A video uploaded to social media showed cars at Brighton-Le-Sands having their number plates removed
Police and community groups have begun urging drivers to increase security and anti-theft measures to stem the wave of criminal acts
“Offenders use stolen number plates on vehicles to help them commit other crimes without being traced and identified,” a RACV spokesperson said in a statement.
The Victorian Motor Chamber of Commerce (VACC) reports that more than 50 per cent of fuel theft, and various other offences, involve stolen number plates.
Along with thieves using other people’s plates and registrations to get away from not paying for gas, other, more serious crimes include burglary, drug trafficking, speeding, parking and tolling.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.
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