Chilliwack/Abbotsford – An Abbotsford man faces theft charges after being caught driving a police bait vehicle by RCMP.
On Wednesday August 26, 2015 at approximately 3:00 A.M. police were alerted to an alarm triggered from a bait vehicle parked in the 44000 block of Yale Road. General Duty officers immediately responded to the alarm and quickly stopped the stolen vehicle in the 45500 block of Yale Road.
“Bait vehicles, in this case a pickup truck, are parked around town in areas identified as high risk for auto crime. Once the bait car is stolen the police communications center is notified of a potential thief,” said Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.
The alleged driver was taken into custody by police without incident.
Jeffery Travis Dolter, age 41, from Abbotsford faces one charge of theft over $5000. Dolter was released from custody pending a court date in mid September.
“The RCMP Crime Reduction Unit has 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,” said Cpl. Brock Rayworth.
“The Bait car program is coordinated by the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team and is an effective tool in combating auto theft in our region. Thieves beware,” says Cpl. Mike Rail “Bait cars are everywhere and you will be caught”.
For more information about the Bait car program and how to protect yourself from auto crime we invite you to visit the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime website at www.baitcar.com .
As always police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).