RCMP chase down suspect in unexpected Kelowna bait vehicle theft

Bait vehicles were used in a demonstration this morning during BC RCMP program, Dec. 11, 2014.
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KELOWNA - Apparently one of the RCMP's bait vehicles is so darn attractive it can get stolen even when Mounties aren't trying.

A 31-year-old North Okanagan man faces potential theft charges after the bait vehicle was activated early Thursday morning in Kelowna, but there's a twist.

The vehicle was to be used by B.C. RCMP for a media demonstration to highlight the Bait Vehicle Program, so it was a surprise for police to discover someone was riding around on it in the Quail Ridge area at 5 a.m. It was not being used for an official theft operation when it was taken.

When Mounties caught up with the vehicle it was on Highway 97 at Enterprise Way. They shut the bait vehicle's engine down and took a man into custody.

The suspect remains in custody pending further investigation and faces potential charges of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. Further charges may be recommended.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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