Sunday, January 28, 2007

There's no such thing as a smart thief

And these young folks prove that.

A few university thieves stole a licence plate as part of a frosh week scavenger hunt and the stupidly posted the picture in the internet. The original owner of the licence plate found the picture online just over a year later.

It may seem like a harmless prank, but replacing a licence plate costs money, regardless of how it disappears. I would imagine that his plate was not the only one stolen that night. He's lucky enough to have found who did it (although they have yet to be tracked down). Other victims of plate thefts that night aren't so fortunate.

"Geosquid" is a member of our local Geocaching community and broke this story a few days before it became public. Geosquid's blog and original post about this can be found here.

The Ottawa Sun ran an article about it in today's newspaper.

Update: The owner of the licence plate met with a few of the people responsible for taking the licence plate on Monday evening and they paid him the $100. Although I'm sure all the unwanted publicity played a large part in coming forward, it's nice to see a happy ending come to this story. :)

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