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A Sykesville man is charged with theft and traffic offenses for allegedly stealing registration tags from a friend's vehicle and placing them on his own.

Anthony George Christy, 46, of the 5000 block of Freter Road, is charged with theft of less than $1,000, unauthorized use or display of a license plate, driving on a revoked license, driving an uninsured vehicle and other traffic offenses, according to electronic court files.

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Christy was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Monday after posting $5,000 bond, according to electronic court files.

A deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office was conducting a check of the Royal Farms convenience store in Eldersburg when his license plate reader alerted him that tags attached to a vehicle in the parking lot were reported stolen, according to charging documents.

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The deputy confirmed the tags were reported stolen in Howard County on Oct. 14, according to the documents. When the vehicle began to exit the parking lot, the deputy made a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Christy.

A check of Motor Vehicle Administration records showed Christy's driver's license was revoked three times, most recently in 2000, according to the documents. The vehicle was also uninsured with no valid tags assigned to it.

After being read his Miranda rights, Christy told the deputy he recently purchased the vehicle and was in the process of getting it registered. He also allegedly said he took the tags from a friend's car and placed them on his.

Christy was arrested and taken to the detention center's central booking unit, according to the documents.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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