Police investigate stolen license plates in Gates and Chili

Created: 04/14/2014 6:03 PM WHEC.com

The police and the county have a plan to help the victims whose license plates were stolen off their cars.  Police say the thief or thieves stole the license plates as they moved from one apartment complex to another in Gates and Chili.

In Gates, at least six complexes were hit, all within a square mile on Spencerport Road and Lyell Road. 

The police call this a nuisance crime because it completely affects people’s normal days. 

Lorraine LaForce found out one of her license plates was stolen when her husband left the apartment Sunday morning. 

LaForce was watching over her grandchildren Monday. She doesn't need the hassle of trying to get a new plate, but that's what this crime has done. 

Lorraine LaForce said, “You're violated to a degree, but I don't feel threatened. I just hope they get caught.”

The plate on Martha Evans Webster’s SUV was stolen too. She found the screws in the dirt just below the scene of the crime. 

Martha Evans Webster said, “Why would someone take my license plates? There are just mean people in the world.”

LaForce and Webster both live in Northampton Park Apartments. Police say license plates were stolen from cars in apartment complexes on either side and across Route 31. 

Chief James Van Brederode, Gates Police Department, said, “Part of our investigation is looking at the theory of what they would be doing with these license plates.”

Chief James Van Brederode says his investigators are checking with scrap metal yards in the area. 

Chief James Van Brederode said, “I'm not sure why someone would take these many license plates other than for some financial reward.”

On Tuesday, the DMV office will open early at the Chili Town Hall. Some plates were stolen in Chili too.  The extended hours go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The victims can get a police report and use that to get a new registration for their car and brand new plates. They won't have to wait. They will leave the office with new plates for their cars. 

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