West Shore RCMP snag suspected thief with bait bike

GPS-equipped bike leads police to arrest suspect in Langford

To battle a rise in thefts of e-bikes, the West Shore RCMP successfully deployed a bait bike near the West Shore Town Centre Wednesday.

Using the GPS equipped bike, bike unit officers tracked a suspected thief.

Police say the man gave a false name, but was identified as Trevor Thurston through fingerprinting.

Thurston, 49, was held in custody for a court appearance at Western Communities Provincial Court on Aug. 22. He faces charges of theft under $5,000, obstructing a peace officer and failing to comply with recognizance.

“Police are using high-tech tools to capture property crime offenders in the West Shore including deploying bait bikes and vehicles. We will use all our resources and technology at West Shore RCMP to quickly apprehend criminals,” says Const. Alex Berube, of the Bike Unit West Shore RCMP.

READ ALSO: Ten bikes reported stolen in 24 hours in Victoria

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