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Bait car nabs Vernon thief

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November 22, 2018 - 3:24 PM

VERNON - RCMP laid out the bait and a prolific offender tried to take it, getting arrested in the process.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP apprehended Darcy Every, a 37-year-old Vernon man, for attempting to steal a "bait car" last week, according to an RCMP media release.

The bait car program, which operates across B.C., is designed to catch car thieves. Police set up bait cars, which are equipped with audio and video surveillance, and monitor them. If someone tries to steal a bait car, the RCMP will be notified and they'll apprehend the would-be thief.

That's what happened on Nov. 18 in the west end of Vernon. Officers were alerted to a bait car activation and when they arrived at the scene, they found a suspect allegedly trying to steal the vehicle with a screwdriver and a rock. He fled into a creek, but the police arrested him without incident.

"Darcy Every is a well-known prolific offender and has a lengthy criminal record for vehicle thefts and other property related offences," Const. Kelly Brett said in the release.

Every is charged with theft of motor vehicle, possession of break and enter tools, and obstructing police officers.

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