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December 13, 2006

Va. police use bait cars to snag thieves

By Jamie Stockwell, Staff Writer
Washington Post

Keith DuBois chalked it up to poor luck the first time someone broke into his 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. But the second time, about two weeks after he had spent $3,800 on repairs, DuBois realized it wasn't just misfortune.

"My car had a giant target on it," he said. Both times, it was parked beneath a light on the same Arlington County street, and both times, someone used a sharp object to pry the driver's door and rip open the steering column. It's also one of the most commonly stolen vehicles in Virginia. "I didn't want there to be a third time," DuBois said.

And so DuBois, 46, did what no other Arlington resident has done: He offered to give his sport-utility vehicle to the county, a donation that the five-member county board accepted Saturday.

Full story: Va. police use bait cars to snag thieves

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