Suspect rips off bait car

February 16, 2011 8:35:30 PM PST
Cumberland County authorities are looking for the man who pulled a fast one. Authorities say the suspect stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from the sheriff's department's bait car and didn't get caught.

A camera hidden inside one of Cumberland County's bait cars shows the suspect pillaging through the front seat collecting things to steal.

The car was parked in mid-December alongside a rural road near Interstate 95.

"We parked the car there early that morning and left it," Cumberland County spokesperson Debbie Tanna said. "And sure enough around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon someone came and approached the car and got inside .. didn't try to start the car, but managed to take some of the items left planted inside the car."

Tanna says more than $400 worth of stuff, including stereo equipment, a camera and a telephone were taken.

The bandit got away, because he didn't do what most crooks normally do when they see keys left inside a parked car.

"Normally what happens is a person gets in the car, closes the door, engages the ignition, drives off," Tanna said. "We can monitor the route of that car, where it's being driven and be able to shut the car down and arrest the person that stole the vehicle."

That's what happened last May to a guy who got in the bait car and eventually picked up a buddy. Both of whom were busted.

Authorities are hoping the latest video leads to an arrest in their most recent bait car case.

"The bait car has been very effective," Tanna said. "It has helped reduce the number of car thefts in the county."

Meanwhile, the sheriff's office has expanded its program. It now has a bait boat, a bait motorcycle and a bait riding lawn mower.

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