car-thief-crimeAfter a series of car break-ins in the Thomasville, GA area, Grant Carney and his wife finally decided to set up their trap to catch the thieves. Carney planted a phony purse in his truck that was stuffed full of paper, and an empty wallet with a single dollar sticking out as bait. There was also a sensor in the car, that when broken, would alert Grant of the break in and a motion detecting camera.

“So I’m looking out the window getting a description of him while my wife is on the phone with 911 and the whole time I see the flash going off in the truck,” laughed Carney.

Grant knew that once the thief got his picture taken, he would try to take the camera with him to avoid getting caught. This is why they chained the camera to the car, giving the police enough time to arrive there before he finally got it off.

“Right now we’re charging him with seven counts of entering autos. We have more we’ll probably tie him to soon,” said Carney.

All the vehicles investigators say Harper stole from were unlocked. A reminder to keep your car doors locked.

(Via WALB)

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rim-thiefA car dealership on Rt. 30 in Pittsburgh has been consistently robbed for a very long time now. Apparently people think that the dealership is a free junk yard where people can come and take things as they please.  After getting fed up with all the constant stealing, the owner of the lot installed a security system in an attempt to catch the thieves in the act. This time when some rims went missing, the owner knew about it. A 55-year-old male identified as Edward Miller was caught on camera stealing some scrap metal and an aluminum rim.

The owner of the car lot, Mike Bartow, turned his surveillance video over to the local police, and let them take over.

“In a case like this, without surveillance video, we wouldn’t be able to make an arrest,” Trooper Stephen Limani said. “Surveillance video is absolutely paramount when it comes to some crimes. It’s absolutely paramount to have.”

The police don’t think this man was responsible for all the other thefts from this car lot, but the incident will surely send out a message to all the other would be thieves in the area. Also 90 minutes after airing the video on TV, the missing rims were returned to the car lot, and the police believe the suspect rolled them down the hill behind the car lot to stay out of sight of the video cameras.

(Via ThePittsburghChannel)

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