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March 26, 2007

Police seek tips in series of license plate thefts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are looking for tips after a number of license plates were reported stolen on campus from Friday to Sunday (March 23-25).

Lt. Fred Davis said that at various times and locations on campus, 15 license plates were reported missing to Purdue police. The stolen license plates were from a variety of states and vehicles, he said.

"We encourage students and everyone else driving on campus to be mindful of their car and license plate by checking them daily," Davis said. "If a license plate is stolen, having an accurate time and place to report to the police will aid in the subsequent investigation."

Theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Anyone with information related to the thefts is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at (765) 494-8221 or the anonymous crime tip line at (765) 496-3784.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Lt. Fred Davis, (765) 494-8221

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