An Abbotsford man has now been charged with theft after allegedly being caught driving a police bait vehicle on Aug. 26.
On that day at about 3 a.m., RCMP in Chilliwack were alerted to an alarm triggered from a bait vehicle parked in the 44000 block of Yale Road.
Officers quickly stopped the stolen pickup in the 45500 block of Yale Road.
Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the RCMP crime reduction unit said bait vehicles are parked in areas identified as high risk for auto crime.
“Once the bait car is stolen, the police communications centre is notified of a potential thief,” he said.
Jeffery Travis Dolter, 41, from Abbotsford faces one charge of theft over $5,000, as well as a charge of possession of a break-in instrument.
He has been released from custody pending a court date on Sept. 15.
Rayworth said police have access to pickup trucks, cars, watercraft, off-road vehicles and trailers from one of the largest bait car fleets in the Lower Mainland.
“We blend the bait cars into the community, constantly replacing our vehicles and changing their locations,” he said.
The bait car program is coordinated by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team. For more information, visit baitcar.com.
Dolter was convicted earlier this year of two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and breaching his bail conditions. He was sentenced in July to four days in jail, according to the provincial court database.
He is also still before the courts on a theft charge from April, as well as for theft of a motor vehicle and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent from an incident in Abbotsford on Sept. 8.