VA Police Chief Suspects ERC Tolls Are Cause of “Huge Increase in License Plate Thefts”

WVEC reports, “Police think a huge increase in license plate thefts may have something to do with [Elizabeth River Tunnel] tolls. ‘I can’t think of any other possible reason,’ said [Portsmouth, VA] Police Chief Tonya Chapman. ‘To have this sudden spike is unusual for us.’ On average, Chapman said her department has about 20 reports of stolen plates each month. In March, the number of cases tops 80.”