Originally Posted by Biggles
Unless he's cloned the plate !
If the plate is cloned then as soon as the police contact the registered owner it will be obvious. The plate will be put on the hit list for the national ANPR system.
The police set up traps around the country. They look like a police speed camera van with a couple of police motorcycles either on station or a short way down the road. They read passing plates against the hit lists in real time and it alerst them if one is on the hit list and what for. In this case it would come up with susp[ected theft and the cloned plate which is also a crime. The car gets chased down and if it is the registered owner the police apologize, if its not then someone is n for a bad day.
If it was cloned and used for theft then the crook would probably only use the plate when he was going theiving. Very easy then for insurers to post pictures and the index to marinas once again improving the chances of him getting nicked.