‘Out of 007’ license plate flipper found on car: California cops


Two men were arrested for theft and burglary after police stopped a stolen Mercedez-Benz on May 17, 2022 in Irvine, Calif., police said. The vehicle was equipped with a license plate flipper, a gas siphoning device and burglary tools.

Irvine Police Department

A Mercedes-Benz with a James Bond-style license plate flipper has been stolen in California, police said.

A 44-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were arrested May 17 in Irvine after a resident reported the “suspicious” vehicle to police, the Irvine Police Department said in a Facebook post.

“The suspect vehicle was something out of (a) 007 movie,” police said.

In addition to the license plate flipper, police also found a gas siphoning device, burglary tools, identity theft evidence and other stolen property.

The man and woman, of Garden Grove, were arrested for burglary of vehicle, theft of vehicle, identity theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

“We appreciate the great advice from the resident who called and ask the community to continue to report suspicious activity to our department,” police said.

Irvine is about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Bond, of course, preferred to drive an Aston Martin.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy Live National Reporter covering Washington State and the Western Region. She holds a journalism degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.

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