Police warned the public to be careful when parking their motorcycles and vehicles, unsafely as several complaints have been lodged with regard to stolen number plates by the organised criminals.
The stolen number plates had been used in recent shooting incidents that killed several persons recently.
The Police said complaints have been lodged over theft of motorcycle number plates that occurred in Galle, Galle Harbour, Tissamaharamaya, Ahungalla and Kataragama.
During the investigation carried out by the relevant Police stations, information had been revealed that the number plate of the motorcycle that came to kill a person in Rathgama Police division on 31 July was stolen from the Ahungalla area on 5 July.
Also, it had been revealed that the number plate of the car in which the suspects had arrived for the killing a person in the Middeniya Police division on 26 June was stolen in the Beruwala area.
The Police stated that in order to arrest the criminals in connection with the shooting incidents reported in the last few weeks, they found number plates of the cars and motorcycles that were fake.
The Police suspect that the theft of motorcycle number plates in this way is a pre-plan to commit more crimes. Therefore, the Police request the drivers and vehicle owners to be very careful when parking their motorcycles and other types of vehicles.
BY Aloka Kasturiarachchi