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Old 03-19-2008, 02:13 AM   #1
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+1 For HPD...

maybe they will start putting out bait bikes for theives and catch them...

Houston police say truck thieves are targeting fans of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That is because the bad guys have figured out that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is where you can find the best selection of pickups.

Luckily, HPD says it knows what the thieves are up to.

The police department says every year -- sometimes several times a day -- thieves steal trucks during Houston's biggest party of the year.

Many of them are taken from parking lots at hotels near Reliant Park, which hosts the rodeo.

But the Houston Police Department has been placing bait trucks in those locations during the rodeo to catch thieves in the act.

HPD has been using bait vehicles with hidden cameras for more than a year. And the program has been successful to say the least.

In every case that we've had so far, we've had a 100-percent conviction rate,” said Sgt. Joe Smith. “And this year, I think we've had some 30-odd arrests.”

Just 10 days ago, an HPD Ford F-250 bait truck was stolen from near the rodeo. The truck was equipped with sensors allowing HPD to track it.

Once the trailing officer has back up, all the pursuit officers turn on their flashing lights to tell the driver to pull over.

At the start of the rodeo, HPD arrested Hipolito Machado, Jr.

11 News checked his rap sheet and learned he has been in and out of jail more than eight times since 2001.

HPD says its bait vehicle program is so successful that auto thefts in our city are actually on the decline. And believe it or not, the department wants the crooks to know about the bait because officers believe it is a deterrent that crooks know the next truck they steal, very well could be one of the bait trucks.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:06 AM   #2
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ya, this needs to be made well known, so all theives are skeered of bate trucks.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:28 PM   #3
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Very nice! Speaking of the rodeo is it still going on this weekend? This is the last weekend right?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:13 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by nickdotcom View Post
Nope, they don't force them into the truck, just make the crime a bit easier to commit. Supreme Court ruled on this.
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Not entrapment because the crime is not "the product of the creative activity" of law enforcement officials, and, prosecution can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant was "independently predisposed" to commit the crime before the involvement of law enforcement officials.

What HPD did clearly abides by:
1958; SHERMAN v. U.S., 356 U.S. 369
1992; JACOBSON v. U.S., 503 U.S. 540

But falls under
1973; United States v. Russell., 411 U.S. 423
1976; Hampton v. United States 425 U.S. 484
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