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Social Security No. Helps Nab Thief

March 11, 1998

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) _ When Kelvin Floyd stole a car and removed its identification number, he replaced it with one he would easily remember _ his Social Security number.

Floyd was sentenced Monday to two months in prison and fined $500 for running an illegal ``chop shop,″ where stolen cars were taken apart for parts.

He was arrested last August after a stolen racing engine was tracked to his house, deputy prosecutor Lawrence Brown said. Floyd ground the identification number off the engine and replaced it with his Social Security number, and it was easily traced to him.

Floyd’s attorney pleaded for leniency, saying Floyd helped authorities track other stolen goods. Judge Ralph Epps gave Floyd a five-year sentence but suspended most of the prison time.

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