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

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

Three arrests in September lead to quick convictions for Victoria police

  • Sep. 27, 2013 5:00 p.m.

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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