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Men accused of stealing Cumberland sheriff's bait car

Posted August 19, 2011

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— Two Fayetteville men are accused of stealing a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office bait car.

Authorities said Friday that Jose Antonio Rivera Reyes, 50, of 5105 Higgins St., and Christopher Bill Ostolaza, 26, of 5007 Higgins St., took the car from a rural road in Cumberland County on Wednesday. They also took a GPS and a mobile phone from the car.

The men were identified from surveillance video from inside the bait car, investigators said.

Reyes is charged with misdemeanor larceny of goods, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and conspiracy.

Reyes and Ostolaza were being held under $11,000 and $10,000 bonds respectively in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Friday.

Reyes is a fugitive from Michigan on felony charges of possession of cocaine, the sheriff's office said. He recently served time in North Carolina for identity theft, according to North Carolina Department of Correction records.

Ostolaza is on probation for larceny.


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  • jgordon1 Aug 24, 2011

    LOL!!!!!!!!! Imagine the surprise they got when they found out they stole a Sheriff's bait car. Doesn't matter if it was a sheriff's car or any other car. These two were going to steal anyway. Hope they are locked up for a long time.

  • Pumpkin Aug 23, 2011

    There is a bait car around the area. Ok, this is a warning for the dummies around the capital city. The car is black. Have seen it move from place to place.

  • kermit60 Aug 22, 2011

    Put them away. Nobody forced them to steal anything. They are carer criminals and have chosen their path. As far as the ACLU, what about peoples right to work hard, buy things with the money they have earned and not worry about people like this stealing it!

  • kcallawa1 Aug 19, 2011

    They should have known better. If it doesn't belong to you, you should take it. If its ok for them to take a bait car that the cops set up to take. Is it ok to take your car. whats the difference. I believe in bait cars. Helps get the ones that need to be off the streets.

  • h3ardita11b4 Aug 19, 2011

    wow.just.wow at the comments. some of you folks really shouldn't. ignorant is what ignorant does. just.wow.

  • didisaythat Aug 19, 2011

    Where are the people that cry this is entrapment? These poor guys would never have done this if the police didn't force them to steal the car. It is just like the guys being entrapped to talk with young girls on the internet. I for one hope the ACLU come to these guys defense...the man has kept us down for too long. Vive la revelution.

  • SmokeWagon Aug 19, 2011

    Graduates of US Entitlement University!!

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  • WRALSUCKS Aug 19, 2011

    I wonder..... could it be....?