Oceanside RCMP reeled in a thief who allegedly stole a bait car and loaded it with stolen goods Sunday, Feb. 4.
At 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4, police received a notification that their bait car had been activated in Parksville and was being driven to the Errington area. The vehicle was driven by the suspect to a trailer park on Smithers Road in Errington and parked. Police surrounded the vehicle and engaged in surveillance, Oceanside RCMP reported in a news release.
The suspect, 40-year-old Jiles Gary Bennett of no fixed address, was observed by police making trips to the bait car and loading property into the vehicle. Once he got into the driver’s seat and appeared to be ready to leave, police closed in and made an arrest without incident, the release stated.
Some of the property that Bennett had placed in the vehicle was later found to be stolen property from a break and entry that took place two days earlier in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.
Bennett was taken into custody and attended Nanaimo Provincial Court Monday, Feb. 5. He was released on a recognizance with several court-imposed conditions, and will make his next appearance on Feb. 20, RCMP said.
A bait car is a vehicle owned by the police and is intended to be stolen. After a bait car is stolen, the location, speed, and direction of travel of the vehicle is monitored by police dispatchers at E-Comm through GPS tracking. Everything that takes place inside the bait car is caught on audio and video. The dispatcher will co-ordinate a police response and the engine can be disabled at the click of a mouse.
— NEWS staff and
RCMP news release