Purdue police investigating reported license plate thefts

September 30, 2009 Jim Bush

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are investigating a string of reported license plate thefts from vehicles parked on campus.

Lt. Fred Davis said 16 plates, mostly taken from vehicles parked near residence halls on the north side of campus and the Hilltop Apartment and Tower Drive areas, have been reported missing. A few reports of missing plates have been reported from the south side of campus, south of State Street, as well.

“This week so far three persons have reported their license plates stolen, but some of the thefts date back to the beginning of the semester,” Davis said.

Five of the reports have involved Indiana plates, two each from Illinois and Kansas, and one each from New Jersey, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Purdue police at  the anonymous WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463), or they can call the Purdue University Crime Line at 765-496-3784.

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

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Fred Davis, 765-494-8221, fvdavis@purdue.edu