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Police bait car program lands couple who reported suspicious car in court

Sunday, July 26, 2009

When Mark Douglas Ledford came home on Nov. 29, 2007, to find a strange green Honda Accord parked near his house with the windows rolled down and the keys in the ignition, he suspected trouble.

Who had left the car there, and why? What if something strange was going on? Shouldn't the police investigate?

Soon after, those questions got answered. But instead of helping uncover a crime, Ledford and then-girlfriend Asia Ward found themselves arrested and accused of one.

On Wednesday, according to his attorney, Ledford is scheduled to be tried on charges of auto burglary after having become another statistic in an Austin Police Department undercover program. Ward's trial date has not been set.

Ledford, 39, has a job at a real estate firm and no criminal record. He plays in local rock bands and has a tattoo across his chest that reads "To Whom Much is Given

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Added: Jul-26-2009 Occurred On: Jul-26-2009
By: isoses
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Tags: bait car, auto, sting
Location: Austin, Texas, United States (load item map)
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  • He uses a screw driver to open someone elses car. He is a moron.

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  • Cops deal out of deception and fear, which is why so few citizens truly respect them.

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  • Comment of user 'FARDOMA' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • it depends what you mean by "right"
      if the right person is one you can acuse of a manufactured charge and then have them plea bargin down to a lesser charge with a mandatory minimum that keeps money flowing through the private prison systems that lobby to create the mandatory minimums, then yes, they get the "right" guy every time.

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  • Stupid fuking cops!

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    • How are the cops stupid, how stupid can you be to go into the vehicle that belongs to someone else. Then when the trunk would not open try to jimmy it open with a screw driver. If the were actually trying to be good samaritans, call the police again, If they did the first time? Demand the officers investigate the car more thoroughly. If they do not ask for a supervisor. If that does not work call the any news outlet. They would love to know about police not doing their jobs. You also have electe More..

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    • @skysoldier  You're a stupid scum-suckin moron.


      How you like that?

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  • He should have stopped when the trunk wouldn't open. That screwdriver is gonna be the thing that gets him in trouble.
    Then again, he shouldn't have touched the car. That's what you get for being a good citizen.

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  • Stupid pigs. America is a sick country.

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  • I would love to see the police sued when a neighborhood kid happens to get in the car and crash into a tree.

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  • So, the car sat there for three days... now how many cops were sitting in the surveillance vehicle eating donuts looking at porn all that time. Great use of time there big boys. real, real nice of you

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  • So the moral of this story' You see a car like this for a few days in your hood, torch it.

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  • They should have set the car on fire!

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  • But if you leave your keys in your car and someone steals it, you can't prosecute them because they claim it was your negligence.

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