TOPEKA -- The latest hot theft item in Topeka isn't something inside your car.
It's what on the back of your car.
TPD reports thieves are stealing brand new license plates for the cars their driving illegally, or the new 2011 decals showing the tag is valid.
Six hotels were hit Wednesday: The Hyatt, Fairfield Inn, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Super 8, Days Inn. Not including Thursday night (since their Crime Stats are generally 24 hours behind), since January 1st there have been 265 plates stolen and 37 decals (year stickers) stolen in Topeka.
We are recommending that people use a razor blade to cut an X through the decal to cut it into 4 pieces so that it will be harder to steal and nearly impossible to reapply to another vehicle. We are also recommending theft resistant screws for license plates.