Tolls and License Plate Thefts Rise in Hampton Roads Area, and Police Think, Maybe, There Could Be a Connection

WAVY reports, “There have been 330 license plates stolen in Portsmouth this year, according to crime statistics. That’s an average of more than two plates taken each day since January. If the trend continues, Portsmouth will have 828 stolen plates by the end of the year. In 2016, police reported 328 stolen license plates. Last year in Suffolk, police say there were 79 plates stolen. There’s already been 70 this year. ‘This last month, it’s been more spread all over the city,’ said Police Chief Tonya Chapman. ‘Our suspicion is they may be using them to avoid tolls or people are reporting them to try and avoid toll bills.’”