Vernon stolen vehicle suspects take bait

RCMP program works as two would-be car thieves try to flee unsuccessfully on foot after discovering they were riding in a bait car..

Two would-be car thieves took the bait.

Vernon RCMP were alerted Oct. 12 at 1:45 a.m. to a bait car activation in the area of 46th Avenue.

The two people drove the vehicle up Silver Star Road towards Rimer Road, but abandoned it when they figured out it was a bait car.

“Both suspects took off on foot,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

A 39-year-old woman was located and arrested by police a short distance away.

A 35-year-old man managed to leave the area but was arrested the next day.

“Indications are these two people had been very active in the City of Vernon checking vehicles that were unlocked and had items visible inside them they could turn into quick cash,” said Molendyk.

Both people have since been released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court.

Vernon RCMP again reminds vehicle owners to continue to remove valuables from their vehicles and always lock your vehicles. Do not become an easy target.

The Vernon-North Okanagan detachment continues to use the bait car program as part of its crime reduction strategy to apprehend those individuals who commit auto thefts and thefts from vehicles in the North Okanagan.