South Florida man accused of using license plate shield to avoid paying tolls on the Turnpike

Posted at 5:37 AM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-22 05:39:35-05

(WPLG/CNN) - A 70-year-old South Florida man faces criminal charges after troopers said he was caught using a device that concealed his license plate to avoid paying tolls.

For the last 18 months, social media users have been posting videos of a Chrysler van driving past toll stations with a concealed license plate. Until last week, Florida Highway Patrol was unable to find the van. 

But on Saturday, an off-duty Florida Highway Patrol officer finally spotted the van near Homestead, Fla. 


"I kind of realized that is the guy and I had to call it in," FHP Lt. Alejandro Camacho told WPLG. "And then troopers came and stopped him and made an arrest. "

FHP officials said the driver, Robert Craig Davis, 70, of Key Largo, used a remote control that drops a cover over the license plate to conceal the license plate. 

It is unclear how many times Davis used the device. 

Davis was arrested on charges of organized fraud, cheating and petty theft, WPLG said. 

Courtesy WPLG via CNN Newsource