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2/5/2020 - Chief Perez, Bridgeport Police Alert Residents of Out-of-State License Plate Scam

Hear from Officer Bouchard:

For Immediate Release                                                                            
February 5, 2020                                                                                

For More Information:
Scott Appleby: 203-579-3822


Bridgeport, CT - The Bridgeport Police Department is warning residents of a temporary plate scam after discovering several temporary plates that seemed to be issued out of Texas, that were actually fake license plates being fraudulently sold by a local business, GRS Tint Shop, at Grand and Hurd Streets.

The initial investigation concerning the issuance of Texas dealer plates began several weeks ago as part of quality of life detail implemented to improve the condition of local neighborhoods and identify existing problems which need to be addressed and corrected.

While on patrol, Officer Bouchard of the Bridgeport Police Department identified several vehicles with paper temporary Texas dealer plates. Upon checking the Texas registration, police found that the identification numbers did not match the alleged Texas dealer plates displayed on the vehicles.

In coordination with the DMV, the police department was able to identify the falsified plates as well as the business that was distributing the illegal out-of-state plates, and individuals that were subsequently using the illegal plates on their vehicles.  Victims should be aware that having an illegal license plate is an arrestable offense.

Please be advised Connecticut also requires minimum liability insurance. The failure to carry liability insurance in the state of Connecticut is an arrestable offense. The dealers providing these illegal plates, on many occasions, will also provide the victims with fraudulent insurance cards. 

Anyone who has purchased or has been approached to buy temporary plates: call 203-576-TIPS.