GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) The city has seen an increase in the amount of license plates that have been stolen off of vehicles. This year, a total of 38 have been stolen so far.
“What we’re finding is people are stealing license plates off of other people’s cars that are similar to their cars, and then they’re committing crimes like gas drive-offs or writing bad checks, or stealing stuff,” said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith during his Community Update on Local 5 This Morning. “We get the plate off of video, we go to the owner’s house, they check their car [and] their plate’s been stolen.”
When asked about the alleged suspects involved, Smith said that people are coming in from out of the state to commit these crimes.
“They’ll come into Wisconsin with a rental car. They’ll drive around a parking lot until they find a car that’s similar in color with the same make and model. They’ll unscrew the plate, put it on their car and drive around. They’ll go and break windows in cars, steal purses, steal cell phones, and it’s tough to catch.”
Smith also talked about how his department will be investigating the shooting in Appleton on Wednesday that left a firefighter dead and a police officer injured.
“They investigate our officer-involved shootings, we investigate theirs,” Smith said. “Last night, we sent our entire detective crew down there. We work so closely with them everyday, just a great bunch of guys and women. It’s affecting all of us, even up here in Green Bay.”
Smith also reminded drivers to take it easy on the roadways with the increase in pedestrians, runners and bicyclists that are getting outside to enjoy the nice weather.
To watch his full Community Update, click the link above.