Bait car hooks trio of alleged thieves

A trio of teens have been arrested after caught activating a Penticton RCMP bait car.

Cpl. Martin Trudeau said the vehicle was parked near the downtown core last Friday and RCMP received indications that it had been activated around 8 p.m. The culprits had already left the scene by the time RCMP arrived.

"Though police were not able to locate the culprits right away, an onboard video camera which was activated upon entry by the suspects provided police with a clear video recording of the deed, where three young Caucasian females had their every move recorded," said Trudeau.

RCMP said the suspects had searched through the vehicle stealing cigarettes, a cellphone and a liquor bottle. All three of the alleged thieves were teens between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. Trudeau said they were later arrested and charged with theft under $5,000.

"Coincidently, these same three females were also involved in the theft of a vehicle two days prior and the matter is still being investigated," said Trudeau.

The bait car program is funded in partnership with ICBC who provides cars equipped with audio and video recording capabilities, GPS tracking and a remote engine shut-off system to enable police to catch car thieves.

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