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Ohio Troopers to Use 'Bait Cars' to Catch Thieves
COLUMBUS (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- Ohio troopers will soon use "bait cars" in an effort to attract thieves who would unwittingly provide information that could lead to their arrests.
Ohio State Highway Patrol (OHSP) investigators have outfitted four cars with hidden surveillance cameras and GPS trackers in order to gather descriptive information about anyone who chooses to steal the cars, which will be placed throughout the state.
"The great thing about being a statewide law enforcement agency is that we'll be able to deploy these cars across the state of Ohio, working with other law enforcement agencies, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston said.
The surveillance equipment inside the vehicles will allow investigators to see what thieves look like, while also enabling them to hear anything the suspects say while inside the cars.
Grove City police are already using bait cars provided by the Ohio Attorney General's Office to capture potential thieves.
The cars that will be used by the state patrol were donated by Nationwide Insurance.
Approximately 40,000 vehicles are stolen in Ohio each year, according to the OHSP.