Lower Southampton Police reported that they caught a man driving a vehicle with registration plates that were stolen out of Bristol Borough.
An officer on patrol ran the black Ford Escape's registration and received a stolen license plate hit out of Bristol Borough. Officers caught up with the vehicle parked in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on the 300 block of E. Street Road.
Officers removed and detained the 30-year-old Morrisville man in the driver's seat, who was found to have a suspended PA driver's license. The vehicle's VIN was clear and the vehicle belonged to the man.
When police asked him how he obtained the tags, he told them someone gave it to him.
While looking at the vehicle, an officer saw a metal cylindrical item in the open center console below the dash, which he suspected was a marijuana grinder. The officer retrieved the item and found that it contained suspected marijuana residue. He also observed a pack of rolling papers in the open console between the seats. Both items were seized as contraband.
The tag was confirmed to have been stolen in Bristol Borough.
The detained man told officers that about one month ago, he bought the registration plate from a man named "John," who he met while they waited for a train at the Bristol Train Station near Beaver Street.
He said that after the offer was made and agreed upon, John left and came back 20 minutes later with the plate.
The man told police that he knew the plate was stolen, but needed a plate to put on his vehicle.
He will be charged with receiving stolen property and related offenses.
The above information was supplied by the Lower Southampton Police Department. For full details from the police reports, click on the attached PDF file.