2 Sought in Theft of Federal License Plate, Gas Card

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Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people in connection with the theft of a government-issued license plate and fuel card.

The items were stolen in January from a vehicle at a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in Upland, according to the General Services Administration.

(Credit: GSA Office of Inspector General)

Between Jan. 17 and Feb. 2, the card was used to make unauthorized purchases at gas stations in Upland, Pomona, Montclair and Claremont, the GSA said.

Surveillance video from one of the gas stations shows a woman attempting to use the card for a transaction — one of a dozen such attempts, according to authorities. The card was successfully used in three instances.

The license plate “gives access and identifies someone as a federal employee,” said Special Agent Steven Manber, of the GSA Office of Inspector General. “That plate could be put on a white Impala or something that looks like a government vehicle. An individual could disguise themselves and possibly be given access. It is a force-protection issue.”

Investigators released a photo of a pickup truck that the man and woman were reportedly seen driving. The truck has a leather bra on the front and custom chrome wheels.

The photo was taken by a gas station employee who grew suspicious after the pair used a GSA card to fill up their vehicle and gas containers.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General at 949-360-2212. Tips can be made anonymously, the agency said.

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