Constable's stolen plates end up on a smuggler's vehicle near the border

How did a local constable's license plate end up in the hands of smugglers?

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter
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HOUSTON - Local 2 Investigates has uncovered a suspected smuggler using a law enforcement license plate stolen from the Houston area.

As Local 2 first reported in March, officers in Falfurrias, in Brooks County, said they spotted an all black SUV that was made to look like some type of undercover police task force vehicle.

Assistant Police Chief Albert Gonzalez said the driver even turned on red and blue flashing lights when he noticed officers following the vehicle.

Gonzalez said his officers became suspicious of the SUV when they noticed its lettering and rims that had been spray painted black. Gonzalez said his officers attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped off.

After a brief chase, the driver and several other occupants "bailed out" and ran into the woods, Gonzalez said. No one was arrested.

Officers ran a check of the license plate and discovered it belonged to a Precinct 6 deputy constable's patrol car, Gonzalez said.

Precinct 6 officials said they noticed the plate was missing at the end of January but did not realize it had been found in Falfurrias until they received a call from Local 2. Houston police said they are now investigating the circumstances around the theft of the license plate.

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