Bombers licence plates being stolen

TAMARA KING, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

WINNIPEG - So much for Friendly Manitoba — the Winnipeg Blue Bombers special edition licence plates have become a "hot" commodity in more ways than one.

The CFL football club is warning fans to take precautions after reports the “true blue” plates are being stolen off vehicles.

“It’s unfortunate to hear about it. We’re encouraging people to educate themselves on how to protect it,” said Darren Cameron, the club’s director of media relations.

Buying tamper-proof or theft-proof bolts, available at stores that sell automotive supplies, were one of the suggestions from the club.

Bombers supporters who fall victim to the theft will not only be inconvenienced having to go back to an Autopac agent to pick up another licence plate — they will also have a tough time finding new Bombers plates.

At last report, less than 600 of the 8,100 licence plates remain, a Manitoba Public Insurance spokesman said late Tuesday. Victims might be left with no choice but to buy a standard replacement plate, which costs $15. Anyone whose licence plate gets stolen should get in touch with police and file a report, MPI says.

The special-edition licence plates, which cost $70, proved popular right from the start. More than 1,600 plates were snapped up the first day they went on sale.

The football club has talked about possibly issuing another 1,900 specialty plates, as the current numbering structure allows them to go up to BB9999, although nothing has been finalized. The club gets $30 from the sale of the plates.


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