Several people were charged after Red Deer RCMP’s first bait bike project.
The downtown patrol unit conducted the operation over two days in September, leading to nearly a dozen Criminal Code charges and bylaw related infractions.
During the operation, a bike was strategically placed in a high visibility area. Officers then conducted surveillance, and when a theft of the target bike occurred, teams moved in to apprehend those responsible.
Hilary Gouda, 26, Joseph Decock, 43, both of Red Deer, and Airdie’s Jordan Pearle, 25, were arrested and face a combined 11 charges, including theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000 and possession of break and enter tools.
Three others were charged under City of Red Deer bylaws.
“Other communities have had success with bait bikes, so we decided to try it for Red Deer as a tool for reducing bike theft,” said Cpl. Dwayne Hanusich, head of the RCMP’s downtown patrol unit.
“We are happy with the results of this first operation.”
For more information on crime prevention strategies, visit www.reddeer.ca/rcmp.