Surrey pair charged with stealing bait car in Langley

Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team nabs would-be thieves

  • Jan. 17, 2017 5:00 a.m.

A man and a woman from Surrey appeared in Surrey Provincial Court yesterday after making the mistake of choosing a bait car in Langley as their transportation.

Officers in Langley were notified of a bait car activation in South Langley shortly before midnight Saturday.

Once it reached 16 Avenue near 224 Street, police cut power to the car by remote control.

The male driver of the bait car fled in another vehicle driven by the female.

The getaway car headed west on 16 Avenue into Surrey followed by police helicopter Air One until it came to a stop on Lilac Drive near 160 Street.

That was where the male and female were met by Surrey RCMP officers and Lower Mainland Police Dog Services.

The 39-year-old-male and 18-year-old female appeared in court Monday.

They have been remanded in custody and will appear again on Jan. 19.

The officer in charge of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT), Inspector Brian MacDonald, said 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,”  MacDonald said.

IMPACT is composed of RCMP and municipal police forces working together to target prolific thieves and areas of high auto crime through the use of bait cars and other enforcement.

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