February 27, 2006

Ithacans' License Plates Go Missing

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A rash of license plate thefts hit the Cornell community two weeks ago. From late Friday night to early Saturday morning, unidentified persons looted cars on and off campus, taking one or both of the license plates. No one has been apprehended for the thefts nor have any of the plates been recovered.

The thefts are believed to be linked to a fraternity prank.

“We called up the head of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and said that they better knock it off because we were dealing with a more serious incident on campus,” said Capt. Kathy Zoner, Cornell Police, referring to the stabbing incident last weekend. “After that, they seemed to stop.”

According to Zoner’s record, a total of five reports were made to the Cornell police, but one report was for two plates, coming to a total of six.

Also responding to the perception that this was a fraternity prank, Officer Wright, Cayuga Heights Police Department, said, “That is what it’s believed to be, but at this point we have no proof one way or another. Generally, it would be related to that type of circumstance, but we really have no proof.