INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis woman had the license plate stolen off her car, leading to a series of bogus traffic tickets being sent to her home from multiple states.
With the car parked in the street in front of her home, a thief stole the license plate off the victim’s SUV in late March.
“My daughter pulled up behind me here and said ‘Your license plate is gone,’ which I didn’t know,” said Pamela Nottoli.
A week later, Pamela got a new license plate put on her car, but then things took a twist.
“About two weeks after that I started getting fines. The first was from Pennsylvania,” said Nottoli.
Pamela got three tickets Pennsylvania repeatedly showing a black Ford refusing to pay tolls on turnpikes while driving with the stolen license plate.
“I just didn’t know people did that. I was really surprised,” said Nottoli.
Pamela sent all the proper paperwork to Pennsylvania explaining the theft and they agreed to throw out their three tickets, but a fourth ticket from Illinois totaling $129.40 hasn’t been forgiven.
“Illinois argued with me on the phone and I thought I’ll just keep sending paperwork,” said Nottoli. “They said they won’t accept the paperwork and I have to pay the fine because the fine happened on the 7th and I didn’t get my new plate until the 9th.”
Because the suspect is likely still driving around with her stolen license plate, Pamela fully expects to get even more tickets in the mail and feels victimized twice.
“I feel like I’m the one that did something wrong because I have to pay this stupid fine and I’m the one that got my license plate stolen,” said Nottoli.
Pamela says she’s still not sure if she’ll pay the $129 fine for crime she didn’t commit.
“Before I do that I’ll probably get a lawyer, which may cost me more than the fines, but it’s the principle of it because I didn’t do it,” said Nottoli.
Of course there’s nothing anyone can do to keep their license plates from being swiped, but if you do officials say it’s best to report it immediately and get a police report to at least document the crime.
That’s one mistake Pamela made, waiting more than two months to make a police report.