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Bait vehicles help catch car thieves in Logan County, Oklahoma

Law officers in Logan County are using bait vehicles to catch thieves. The vehicles have GPS tracking devices.
by Robert Medley Modified: August 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm •  Published: August 25, 2014


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Logan County sheriff’s office officials use bait vehicles to catch car thieves. Here is an image, taken in 2011, of a worker installing the camera.
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Logan County sheriff’s office officials use bait vehicles to catch car thieves. Here is an image, taken in 2011, of a worker installing the camera. Image provided PROVIDED - Provided by Logan County Sheriff's office.

The small video camera hidden inside the car starts recording when the doors are open.

The driver and anyone who gets inside the car is unaware they are being recorded.

The car is bait to catch the thieves.

In Logan County, the sheriff’s office is using “bait cars” or any vehicle placed in a public area to attract thieves. When someone tries to steal it, law officers are alerted to where it is going with a GPS system.

Then deputies can avoid a pursuit by remotely shutting down the vehicle and moving in to make arrests, said Chief Deputy Richard Stephens, spokesman for the Logan County sheriff’s office.

New infrared cameras with high resolution technology are being installed in a bait car that will soon be parked in southern Logan County for someone to try to steal, Stephens said.

Over the past three years, the bait car work has helped crack a ring of auto thefts between Oklahoma City and Logan County. Law officers have also found stolen firearms from burglaries, Stephens said.

“It has stopped a series of crimes,” Stephens said.

On July 30, deputies received an alert that a bait car was moving. The vehicle had been placed in the Green Oaks Addition near Simmons and Coltrane in south Logan County in response to several stolen vehicle reports and auto burglaries in the area.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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We do have another target area as soon as the car is out of the shop. It’s in southern Logan County but that is all I can say. Yes, we will use the system in the future in problem areas.”

Chief Deputy Richard Stephens,
Spokesman for the Logan County sheriff’s office

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