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March 5, 2014

'Short ribs' inspection sticker is recipe for man's arrest

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After pulling Guy over, Moody conducted a check of Guy’s license and registration and determined that his license had been suspended and the car not inspected since 2010. Before running the check, however, Moody watched as Guy reached across his windshield and grabbed the decal.

Guy later admitted to forging the sticker, police said.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said it’s rare to see fake inspection stickers, since they are color-coded and have large numbers printed on them.

Asked to speculate what might have prompted Guy to risk committing a felony for an inspection sticker that costs $29, Fowler said Guy might have been trying to avoid making costly repairs to his car, a 2000 Toyota Camry.

In Moody’s report, Guy told the officer that his car had a check-engine light illuminated and he didn’t have the money to bring it to a shop.

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