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Three Fayetteville men accused of stealing bait car

Posted May 11, 2010

— Three Fayetteville men are charged with stealing a law enforcement bait car.

Jose Rashaan Akins, 28, of 323 South Cool Spring St.; and Tenell Washington, 28, and Edward Craig Allen, 39, who are both homeless, were taken into custody late Monday afternoon, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Bait cars are left unlocked with the keys in the ignition at various locations. After a thief steals the car, authorities monitor their route through a tracking device and watch the action through hidden cameras. Deputies can kill the engine and lock the doors by remote control.

Jose Rashaan Akins Three men arrested for stealing bait car

Surveillance video showed Akins getting into the vehicle, which was parked along a rural road in Cumberland County, and driving off. He was later seen parking the car in an apartment complex lot and attempting to break into the trunk. Akins, Washington and Allen were leaving the parking lot when they were stopped by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies.

The men are each charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of stolen goods.

Akins, who has an outstanding arrest warrant for stealing a car, was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday under a $20,000 bond. Washington and Allen were each being held under $10,000 bonds .

The sheriff’s office launched their bait car program last May. Since then, they have made eight arrests.

“I think it’s going to be more successful as time goes on because we do have a lot of stolen vehicles here in this county,” Cumberland Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said Tuesday. “We’re trying to do something, a program, that will at least cut them down number wise.”

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  • scraitup May 12, 11:36 a.m.

    "We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid.He who understands the wise is wise already"
    G.C.Lichtenburg

  • UPTOP May 11, 6:32 p.m.

    That's a daaaaammmmn shame you can't park YOUR CAR somewhere without someone taking what you've worked hard for !!!

  • OpenM1nd May 11, 5:45 p.m.

    Citizen782 writes: "Wrong or not, this is pretty much the definition of entrapment."

    I was tempted to think the same thing at first, except that it is only entrapment if the person is coerced, coaxed or otherwise tricked into committing the crime.

    The bait car is a crime of opportunity test. An indifferent person would just ignore the car and leave it alone. An involved citizen would report it to the police upon finding it abondoned and unlocked with the keys in the ignition. But a crook would steal it.

    Locking the car and taking its keys would have made it much more difficult to steal, but might also have been enough to send a lazy thief walking without having committed a crime.

    So the lesson to be learned from this is to prevent crimes of opportunity. Lock your house and your car and keep valuables out of sight. The lion catches the slowest gazelle.

  • TRB2871 May 11, 5:40 p.m.

    Wow! To make a comment like that shows you don't know the definition of entrapment citizen782.

  • Squirreling Dervish May 11, 5:38 p.m.

    Entrapment is when a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit an offense which the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit. In this case, it is NOT entrapment, this is a crime of opportunity. No one MADE them steal the car. They messed up all on their own...Now they get three hots and a cot...

  • OzzzMan May 11, 5:31 p.m.

    Everything is entrapment, if you look at it that way. Drug dealers selling drugs to undercover cops, To Catch a Predator(the TV show). And the problem is.....

  • ronzo May 11, 5:15 p.m.

    Note the story of thieves stealing a seven foot tall cross in the Mojave desert. Probably a bait cross with the keys left in.
    Maybe the guys put it in the trunk of the stolen bait car.

  • wildcat May 11, 5:14 p.m.

    They will have awesome room and board with meals provided.

    You are absolutely right. 3 meals and a cot, you cannot beat that. Of course they will have a roof over their head and barb-wire all around them. Tax dollars continue to work.

  • WRALblows May 11, 5:13 p.m.

    Wrong or not, this is pretty much the definition of entrapment.

  • wildcat May 11, 5:11 p.m.

    A few years in prison (35 years)will teach them something. They will be off the streets for awhile.

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