RCMP have released a list of British Columbia’s top ten Most Wanted Car Thieves. They range in age from 19 to 42 and include nine males and one female. IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team) investigators are asking everyone to take a look at the suspects’ photos and report any information you might have. With the release of this list, IMPACT has also announced a new addition to BC’s Bait Car program: bait property.
|Name: Richard Mantler
Wanted by: Vancouver PD and Langley RCMP
Warrants:Vancouver PD – possession of stolen vehicle, flight from police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and leaving the scene of an accident; Langley RCMP – assault*Considered dangerous
|Name: Cory Todd Siebolts
Wanted by: Kamloops RCMP and Edmonton PD
Warrants: Theft, possession of stolen property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, personation, breach of recognizance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking*Believed to be active in vehicle-related crime in Lower Mainland
|Name: Ian Gerald Mountain
Wanted by: Upper Fraser Valley RCMP
Warrants: Possession of stolen property, breach of probation, breach of recognizance*Believed to be actively involved in vehicle-related crime in Fraser Valley with girlfriend, Lisa Shaw (below)
|Name: Lisa Karon Shaw
Wanted by: IMPACT and Surrey RCMP
Warrants: Breach probation, drive while prohibted*Believed to be actively involved in criminal activity in the Fraser Valley with her boyfriend, Ian Gerald Mountain (above)
|Name: Graham Arthur Hunter
Wanted by: Surrey RCMP
Warrants: Breach of probation (for possession of a stolen vehicle and driving while disqualified)*Significant history of auto theft offences
|Name: Patrick Shane McCraker
Wanted by: White Rock RCMP and Surrey RCMP
Warrants: Possession of stolen property, trespass by night, possession of prohibited weapon*History of breaking into and stealing vehicles throughout Lower Mainland. Currently wanted for a number of night-time vehicle break-ins in the White Rock and South Surrey areas.
|Name: Robert Fred Basil
Wanted by: Prince George RCMP
Warrants: Possession of prohibited weapon
|Name: Anthony Nicholas Baird
Wanted by: Coquitlam RCMP
Warrants: Breach of probation (for theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle)*Believed to be in Coquitlam area
|Name: William John Walsh
Wanted by: Surrey RCMP
Warrants: Three warrants for breach of recognizance
|Name: Travis Christopher McKay
Wanted by: Delta PD and Surrey RCMP
Warrants: Possession of stolen property, possession of B&E tools and breach of recognizance (x2)
The Bait Car program, which was introduced in 2003 and is run by IMPACT, is the largest of its kind in the world. Since inception, auto theft in B.C. has reduced by 73 per cent. As a new way to deter thieves and help protect vehicle owners, they have introduced “bait property.” If thieves break into a bait vehicle and steal property, police have the ability to track and monitor it, which would lead them directly to the thief.
“Thieves already know, that if they steal a bait car, they’ll go to jail,” said RCMP Inspector and IMPACT team member Gary Shinkaruk. “But there’s a new message we need to get out to thieves now – steal FROM a bait car, go to jail.”
Having someone break into your vehicle can be a traumatizing event. Please do not leave any valuables visible if you’re away from your car. Recently, a vehicle was broken into while parked on Lonsdale Avenue (a main road in North Vancouver) in the early evening. Thieves are everywhere, even on well-lit main roads, waiting for the chance to steal from you. Don’t give them the opportunity.
Stay safe, Vancouver.
Source and images: baitcar.com