Dallas police seize 42 fake paper license plate tags in one day – WSOC TV

DALLAS — Dallas police seized 42 fake paper license plate tags on Wednesday in a one-day operation, authorities said.

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In a statement, the Dallas Police Department said the agency joined the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and Homeland Security Investigations in conducting 149 traffic stops, towing 11 vehicles, making three arrests and recovering four weapons and two stolen cars, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“Vehicles using fictitious temporary license plates or inappropriate temporary license plates, all referred to as eTags, are commonly used in crimes ranging from auto thefts to homicides,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement. Press. “The purpose of the operation was to interdict these vehicles, investigate the reason for the fictitious license plate, tow the vehicles where appropriate and arrest the offender if necessary.”

The illegal sale of paper tags is a big criminal enterprise in Texas. They are used as a temporary plate for people buying a car while they wait for their permanent plate, the Morning News reported.

KXAS-TV reported in November that auto dealers were making millions of dollars illegally selling paper license plates. Authorities in Travis County estimated that more than 1.2 million tags were sold illegally statewide in 2021, the broadcaster reported.

“It’s a tool they can use,” Dallas Police Department deputy chief Richard Foy told KXAS. “So we have to target that, take that tool away from them, or at least fight that tool.

“If (people) commit robbery, homicide, street racing, you know, whatever the crime, if all we have is the license plate from this paper tag, if it’s fraudulent , we don’t have much to do. .

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