Saturday, May 14, 2011

CMPD Uses "Bait" Vehicles to Catch Auto Thieves

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.