"Bait cars" are just thatóbait left by police to entice would-be thieves. The cars are equipped with GPS tracking systems, video cameras, microphones and a remote-controlled "kill switch" that police can activate to disable the vehicle. When a crook takes the bait, police generally try to shut down the car before he can get away. And the camera in the car gives officers video evidence they can use in court.
The family of an 83-year-old Dallas woman killed in a collision with an alleged "bait car" thief is looking for answers. They want to know why police didn't stop the man before he crashed into Annie Reyes.
Today Dallas police addressed the issue at a news conference.
"Our policy, which we are reviewing, is we don't direct a bait car to be shut off unless officers see the vehicle, because we want to do that in an area and manner as safe as possible," Police Chief Kunkle said.
Laura Reyes, the victim's granddaughter, says she doesn't understand how Ramirez even got close to her grandmother's car. "You wonder why he got as far as he did," she said, "and it just seems like it could've been prevented."
In addition to the car theft charges, Eddie Ramirez is facing a murder charge for Annie Reyes' death.
Bait cars have resulted in 245 arrests since the program began in 2004, officials said.
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