Sheffield criminals screw registration plate onto stolen van from another stolen vehicle

A stolen Ford Transit van has been recovered by police after criminals screwed on robbed registration plates from another stolen vehicle.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 2:21 pm

The van was found by the South Yorkshire Police Operations Team in Tinsley yesterday afternoon (Thursday, December 10), after officers thought the vehicle looked suspicious.

In a post on Facebook, the force said: “It attracted the attention of an eagle eyed colleague who wondered why the front registration plate of an old battered van was secured with bright and shiny screws.

“And not just any screws.

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Officers recovered a stolen Ford Transit van in Tinsley yesterday (Thursday, December 10).

"On closer inspection, they appeared to be wood screws.”

Officers checked the Ford Transit van on the The Police National Computer (PNC), which is used to share local and national information, and found out it had been reported as stolen.

After further checks, police later realised the registration plates on the stolen van did not match the vehicle and been robbed from another Ford Transit to hide the fact it was a stolen car.

The social media post from the operations team continued: “Our colleague pulled his confused face though when he made some further checks – the plates the van was displaying did not match the van they were on!

“It transpires that some bright spark had stolen the plates from another stolen Ford Transit and put them on the Transit that they had stolen to try and hide that fact that it was a stolen vehicle!

“Sometimes even our heads hurt at the criminal mastermindery we find. #MoriartyStrikesAgain”

One user commented: “And I bet they didn’t know..no idea..nowt to do with me!!”

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