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Victoria man breaks into bait car – with bait car sticker on window (with video)

A B.C. bait car sticker. The Victoria Police Department had a successful month convicting three break-in thieves using the bait car system. - Courtesy of Victoria Police Department
A B.C. bait car sticker. The Victoria Police Department had a successful month convicting three break-in thieves using the bait car system.
— image credit: Courtesy of Victoria Police Department

The recent arrests of three car thieves by the Victoria Police Department show bait cars work.

The first arrest took place Sept. 14, when officers stopped a man with no criminal record who was attempting to steal a laptop from a bait car.

“In this case, we’re working with the offender, who has no prior criminal history, to pursue restorative justice,” said Const. David Bratzer.

A Sept. 23 break-in and attempted theft (see video below) shows Jason Clarke, 41, breaking into a bait car, which had a "Bait Car" sticker emblazoned on its windscreen. Clarke pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments. He's now serving a six-month jail sentence and will face one year probation after that, Bratzer said.

“It’s important for criminals to understand that any vehicle could be a bait car – even one that comes with a warning sticker," he added.

Cameron Stewart, a 25-year-old Victoria resident, was also caught breaking into a bait car Sept. 17. He was sentenced Friday to 110 days in jail, Bratzer said.

Bait cars are parked around Victoria and Esquimalt throughout the year by VicPD officers.

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