Vernon and North Okanagan
Another thief takes the bait
Sep 9, 2013 / 1:36 pm
A 22-year-old Vernon man was so impressed by his recent video that he decided to cop a plea.
According to police a bait car activation was received at about 1:40 on the morning of Sept. 2.
The car was not stolen, however, video retrieved from the vehicle showed a suspect removing items from the interior of the bait car.
The suspect was identified through consultation with adult probation and was subsequently arrested.
"The suspect was interviewed and, when confronted with the video evidence, confessed to the theft," says spokesman, Gord Molendyk.
The man was released on an order to appear in court at a later date.
Molendyk says the bait car program has be useful throughout the province in reducing theft of and from vehicles plus boats, ATV's and bikes.
"Would be thieves should be aware that on any given day the bait car and program is in effect in our area," says Molendyk.
"It might not just be a vehicle that could catch you."
Figures released by the RCMP show theft from vehicles has been reduced by 25 per cent since 2011.
Using statistics from Jan 1 to Sept 6, thefts from vehicles fell from 578 (2011) to 438 (2013).
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