CMPD Uses “Bait” Vehicles to Catch Auto Thieves

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Auto Theft Unit continues to utilize multiple methods in order to continue reducing auto thefts in Charlotte. One of the ongoing operations involves the use of bait vehicles designed to safely apprehend subjects involved in the theft of motor vehicles. The bait vehicle fleet is a broad representation of the cars most often stolen and are placed in locations and by methods determined to have increased risks of theft. Due to the overwhelming evidence in bait vehicle thefts and arrests, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney aggressively prosecutes these individuals.

On May 11, 2011, one of the deployed bait vehicles was stolen in the Westover Division at 9:12 p.m. Within minutes, the vehicle was surrounded and safely disabled as designed, resulting in the arrest of three individuals. One of the suspects arrested was a juvenile. The other two defendants are:

DeAngelo McAdams DOB 07/09/1994
Dedrick Flowers DOB 10/27/1993

Based on the totality of the investigation, a fourth suspect is being sought for questioning at this time. Anyone with information on the possible identity of this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

This marks the 49th arrest since this program was started.

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