A short trip via bait car may result in a longer trip to prison for a 22-year-old who was arrested by Langley RCMP.
At about 1 a.m. on Nov. 4, a bait car left in Willoughby was activated and driven a short distance, said Cpl. Holly Marks of the Langley RCMP.
The police found the car in the parking lot of the Canadian Tire.
The driver was seen getting out of the bait car - a truck - and getting into a second, waiting truck.
The bait car was then examined by forensic identification officers, who took fingerprints.
Along with police photographs of the suspect, and images taken by the cameras inside the bait car, officers narrowed down their focus quite quickly.
Sean Harnden, 22, of Coquitlam, was identified as the man behind the wheel for the brief drive.
Hearnden had been on two probation orders for previous convictions for possession of stolen property, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.
He had been under a court-ordered requirement not to touch a motor vehicle without the registered owner being present.
With the overwhelming evidence from the bait car investigation, Hearnden pleaded guilty on Dec. 12 to theft over $5,000, as well as breach of probation, said Marks.
He was sentenced to a year in jail, with nine months for the theft and three months for the breach of probation.
Once he is out of prison, Hearnden will face 15 months of further probation.