NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Surveillance video shared by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office shows thieves stealing license plates last week in downtown New Albany.

In the video, you can see a male suspect getting out of a gray minivan and crouching behind a white SUV. After a few seconds behind the car, he gets inside the minivan and speeds away. 

Police said he was stealing that car's license plate while the owner was working inside the building off Spring Street. By sharing the video, investigators hope someone will come forward to identify him.

"It only takes a few seconds to take somebody's license plate,” Det. George Shultz said. 

Shultz said the silver van from the video was found on the Second Street Bridge last week with the stolen plate on it. Floyd County investigators believe the van was also stolen and said it's common for thieves to steal license plates to conceal those bigger crimes.

New Albany Police found another stolen vehicle with stolen plates Monday morning. 

"Often times, people don't go behind their cars, and they might not notice for several days that their license plate is stolen,” Shultz said. "So then for several days, you have a license plate that appears legit on your stolen vehicle." 

If you do notice your plate is missing, call police. Many thefts go unreported, which makes them harder to track. 

"You need to make a report so we can track that kind of thing and also for you when you go to apply for a new license plate," Shultz said.

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