Arlington police searching for would-be car thief

Arlington police searching for would-be car thief

Arlington police are searching for this suspect who tried to steal a bait vehicle. (Credit: Arlington PD)

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 3:29 PM

ARLINGTON – At about 3:45 a.m. on September 1, Arlington police say the man pictured above slipped behind the wheel of a pickup truck parked in the 500 block of Woodcrest Lane. 

Armed with a tool, the man tore into the vehicle’s steering column in a failed attempt to start it and drive away. After balking at starting the ignition, he exited the truck and fled. 

That truck was a bait vehicle and had camera surveillance installed for this very reason. Now Arlington police need help identifying the man.

If you recognize him, you’re asked to call Det. Charlie Tutor at 817.459.5308 or Crime Stoppers at 817.469.8477. As always, tipsters are anonymous and stand to gain $1,000 if the information leads to a conviction.

Arlington also reiterates that the department’s Covert Organized Bait Recovery and Apprehension –– COBRA –– program scatters bait vehicles across the city to catch thieves in the act. WFAA’s covered a few of these, including this 2011 incident where a timid thief is caught on camera driving into a home

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