London police say 13 people are facing 27 counts under the criminal code and 47 provincial offence notices after 14 vehicles were found with fake paper licence plates in parking lots at hotels in the city’s south end.
Police say the traffic management unit “conducted enforcement” in relation to fake paper licence plates, with officers observing them on several occasions between July 30 and Aug. 9.
In addition to one seven-day, three 45-day and five indefinite seizures of vehicles, police say 11 male suspects and two female suspects face a slew of charges, including drug- and weapon-related counts. The suspects range in age from 22 to 55 and police tell Global News that the majority are from London, with one suspect from Windsor and one from Toronto.
The numerous criminal charges include: five counts of operation while prohibited, two counts of possession of stolen property, one count of exceeding blood alcohol content and two counts of public mischief — false name.
The provincial offences notices include: 10 of driving while suspended, seven of using plate not authorized for vehicle, eight of failing to apply for permit on becoming owner and two of driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor.
Anyone with information in connection with the case is asked to contact police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).