Two males have been arrested on suspicion of theft after the Police stopped them in Lambeth, south London.
Officers inputted the vehicle registration mark (VRM) of the vehicle into their Mobile Data Terminals (MDTS), and the car came back as being registered in Scunthorpe.
While driving a vehicle in London that is registered to an address outside of the capital is not a crime, it can sometimes arouse suspicion in the minds of officers who are on patrol.
For example, it is common for people who live in London to register their vehicle to an address outside of the capital since London-based postcodes often attract much higher insurance premiums.
This in itself is regarded as insurance fraud and can often lead to policyholders having their insurance policies voided.
And it can also, as in this case, reveal the presence of cloned vehicles or vehicles that are on false plates.
False plates are often put on vehicles which are used in criminal activity.
Further checks on this particular vehicle by response team officers established that it was on false plates and that it was linked to two reported thefts of catalytic converters in Wandsworth Road.
Two males remain in police custody awaiting interview.
This vehicle stop highlights why officers not only put VRMs through their MDTs but also highlights why vehicles which are registered hundreds of miles away from where they are being used, will often warrant further checks by police officers.
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