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Bait car nabs Fayetteville armed robbery suspect

Posted May 4, 2011

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— A suspect in two Fayetteville armed robberies was caught after he stole a car that sheriff's deputies had left out to be stolen, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said that Ricardo Jovon Pittman, 24, of 246 Laraine St., drove off with the bait car parked on the shoulder of a road. Deputies arrested him near Bragg Boulevard.

Pittman was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of a motor vehicle. He was also served with outstanding warrants from Fayetteville police charging with two counts of armed robbery and assault on a law enforcement officer.

He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $36,300 bond.

Cumberland County authorities started placing bait cars, which are wrecked cars refurbished with alarms and surveillance cameras, to tempt would-be car thieves two years ago. At that time, the county had the highest per capita rate of car thefts in the state.

Pittman was released from jail in November after serving six months for felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle and possession with intent to sell, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • sunblazn May 6, 2011

    A criminal is a criminal! Regardless if "the cat is out of the bag" they will still continue to steal! What a loser!

  • hunt36 May 6, 2011

    THEY TELL IT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T STAND NOT LETTING PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH USA TODAY THEY NEED TO KEEP THINGS QUIET AND THEY WILL CATCH MORE PEOPLE WHO DO WRONG

  • gopack07 May 5, 2011

    "Why in the world would you go and tell your secret for? Now you will be lucky if you catch anymore car thieves, now that they have this information......???? They may just take the surveillance camera now and sell it...leave the car...."

    If they operate in any way like the TruTV show, Bait Car, the cops are around the corner watching the action happen live and can shut the car down once the thief starts driving it. Not sure if that's how it's happening in Cumberland Co. though.

  • kasper562007 May 5, 2011

    Why in the world would you go and tell your secret for? Now you will be lucky if you catch anymore car thieves, now that they have this information......???? They may just take the surveillance camera now and sell it...leave the car....

  • SARCASTICLES May 4, 2011

    This week on "Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Bloopers and Practical Jokes".........;)

  • leroyw93 May 4, 2011

    When will people learn, that crime doesn't pay.

  • didisaythat May 4, 2011

    That is great. And the courts will let him out after a short stay in prison or community service.

  • workingforthosethatwont May 4, 2011

    in the words of a wise comedian...you just can't fix stupid.
    also, his bond is too low! hopefully, the first judge he comes in front of will raise it to a more appropriate level. say....$100K.