A bike thief in Langford was arrested on Wednesday after trying to steal an RCMP bait bike, and consequently trying to give police a fake name when he got caught.
The incident occurred in the West Shore Town Centre area of Langford, where West Shore RCMP left a high-end electric bicycle with a hidden GPS attached to it as bait for potential thieves.
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After the bait bike was deployed, it was quickly scooped up by a would-be thief. Police were then able to track the bicycle with its hidden GPS and located the male suspect.
When officers moved to arrest the man, he first responded by giving police a fake name. Officers, however, were able to properly identify the man by conducting a fingerprint search.
The accused man turned out to be 49-year-old Trevor Thurston, who was then held in police custody until his court appearance on August 22nd.
He was charged with theft under $5000, obstructing a peace officer, and failure to comply with a previous recognizance.
“Police are using high tech tools to capture property crime offenders in the West Shore including deploying bait bikes and vehicles,” said Constable Alex Berube, Bike Unit West Shore RCMP in a statement.
“We will use all our resources and technology at West Shore RCMP to quickly apprehend criminals.”