Two Arrested after Bait Car Activation
A man and a woman from Surrey appeared in Surrey Provincial Court yesterday after making the mistake of choosing a Bait Car as their transportation on Saturday Night (January 14th).
Officers in Langley were notified of a Bait Car activation in South Langley shortly before midnight and as the vehicle went mobile, they were given information on its’ location and direction of travel. The bait car was disabled on 16th Avenue near 224th Street just after midnight and officers approached the vehicle. The male driver of the bait car exited the vehicle and hopped into a vehicle driven by the female.
The ‘getaway’ car fled west on 16th Avenue and Air One was able to locate and follow the vehicle. The vehicle entered Surrey and wound through the streets until it came to a stop on Lilac Drive near 160th Street. The male and female exited the vehicle and were met by Surrey RCMP officers and Lower Mainland Police Dog Services.
The 39 year old male and 18 year old female were taken into custody without further incident. They appeared in court yesterday (January 16th). They have been remanded in custody to appear again on January 19th.
Inspector Brian MacDONALD, Officer in Charge IMPACT,
The Bait Car program continues to be active throughout the province. IMPACT has the ability to target thieves no matter what type of vehicle, including trucks, cars, construction equipment, snow mobiles or watercraft. IMPACT will continue to target prolific offenders and remind the public to remove valuables from their vehicles and to ‘Treat their keys like cash.’ Up to twenty percent of vehicles stolen in the Lower Mainland are stolen using the keys.
IMPACT is the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team. The team is comprised of RCMP and municipal police agencies working together to target prolific thieves and areas of high auto crime through the use of bait cars and other enforcement.
Cpl. Holly Largy
Media Relations Officer