Tring cafe-owner warns drivers to be on their guard after number plates theft

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A cafe owner has warned drivers to be on the look out after his numberplates were pinched and used on another car to steal petrol.

Aron Sharma, 34, left his black Audi in Station Road, Tring, at about 7.30am yesterday before going off to work in the town’s High Street.

But when he got back from The Espresso Lounge, both of the car’s registration plates had been pinched.

Police later told him they had been fitted to a white vehicle that left a Cow Roast petrol station without paying for its fuel at about 3.15pm yesterday. Mr Sharma said: “It was a bit of a shock, because it’s not what you expect.”

He has been parking in the same road for the two years he has owned The Espresso Lounge with wife Claire, 28 – but nothing like this has ever happened before.

He said: “Tring is very safe as an area. None of the shops have shutters round here, because you just do not need them.

“It’s very rare that something like this happens round here, and because it’s quite a close-knit community people usually see things like this happen.

“They must have done it in seconds and then just driven off.”

It will cost him about £50 to replace the plates, which had the registration OV08 HTC. He said: “It is annoying, but you know, worst things do happen. I am just grateful the car’s still there.”

It is believed his number plates may already have been dumped after the fuel theft, but police enquiries are ongoing.