Jacob Williamson was the victim of a form of identity theft when someone copied his licence plates and then used a similar car to fuel up without paying. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Jacob Williamson was the victim of a form of identity theft when someone copied his licence plates and then used a similar car to fuel up without paying. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Law at the door after bad guys copy number plates for theft

THE last thing Gracemere's Jacob Williamson wanted after a week-long holiday in Amsterdam and London, over the New Year period, was a call from police detectives.

That's exactly what he got when Queensland Police detectives from Brisbane called him and said they believed Jacob was involved in a high-speed chase in the south-east Queensland suburb of Sandgate.

To shake him more in his boots, the police detectives also told him he was wanted for theft.

They believed Jacob, a Gracemere diesel fitter, had gone to Sunshine Coast petrol station Aussie World Garage on December 18, filled his ute with petrol and driven off without paying.

Detectives did not turn their suspicions away from Jacob after CCTV footage of the theft revealed the vehicle involved in the fuel theft was similar in colour, make, build, and had the same number plate, to Jacob's ute.

CCTV footage obtained by police allegedly showed someone filling their ute with petrol before fleeing the scene, Jacob said.

About a week or so after he got back from holidaying in Europe, Jacob was notified a ute matching the same description and number plate as his, was involved in a high-speed chase in Sandgate, Brisbane.

On top of that, he received letters saying he owed hundreds of dollars worth of toll fines in Brisbane.

He told detectives he wasn't the guy they were looking for but they didn't buy it at first, he said.

They even had a Brisbane taskforce ready to be deployed to Gracemere to arrest him.

Jacob told police detectives he believed someone copied the number plates from his advertisement on carsales.com, where he had put his green, Holden SSV ute up for sale.

He believed what convinced police he wasn't their suspect was the number plates on the CCTV footage and the ones on Jacob's car were a different colour.

"I thought my mates were playing a joke on me at first ... when I realised a taskforce

"I went to Queensland Transport to change my details and they told me I should not have put my registration number on the advertisement, just my VIN number," he said.

The Police Media team was contacted for an update on the alleged offence but a response from representatives was not received last night.

If you know anything about these crimes or you saw a suspicious green, Holden ute in the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane regions between December 17 and January 5 call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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