THIEVES have taken car registration plates from vehicles in Whitby and then used them to steal diesel from a local garage.
On 1 June a set of 03 number plates were stolen from a Renault Megane that was parked in Byland Court.
The registration plates were then spotted attached to a Ford vehicle which made off without payment for £78 worth of diesel at the Spa Garage on Castle Road.
In a similar incident the front number plates were stolen from a Peugeot 308 that was parked in the Spital Bridge area between 3 and 6 June.
Whitby Police are encouraging anyone who sees people acting suspiciously around parked vehicles to get in touch.
Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and if you have any information, contact Whitby Police by calling 101 and ak for PC John Mason.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.