Chilliwack RCMP nab two alleged thieves targeting bait vehicle

A man from Port Coquitlam and a woman from Delta were stopped and arrested at Eagle Landing Parkway

Two people picked the wrong vehicle to allegedly steal and now face criminal charges.

Around 3:30 a.m. on April 29 an alarm was set off by a bait vehicle, and a frontline officer tracked it to the 8200 block of Eagle Landing Parkway.

Clayton Ken Nielson, a 36-year-old man from Port Coquitlam, was arrested and charged with theft of motor vehicle and fail to comply with probation order. Meagan Nicole Browne, a 29-year-old woman from Delta, was also arrested and charged with take/occupy vehicle or vessel without owner consent.

Browne was released but Nielson is still behind bars pending a May court date.

“Bait vehicles are parked in areas identified as high risk for auto crime,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail. “Opening any bait vehicle door triggers a surveillance camera and notifies our communications center of a potential thief.”

The Integrated Municipal Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) coordinates the Bait Car program with access to pickup trucks, cars, watercraft, off road vehicles, and trailers from one of the largest bait car fleets in the Lower Mainland.

To learn more about the Bait Car program, visit baitcar.com/about-impact-bait-car-program

RCMP urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact police at 604-792-4611 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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