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North County Car Thief Went for Bait, County Police Say

Police said the man tried to steal a bait car in unincorporated North County just south of Dellwood.

A North County man faces criminal charges after stealing a car owned by St. Louis County on Tuesday, St. Louis County Police said.

Joseph Degraffenreid, 18, of the 4500 block of Behlmann Grove Place in North County, was charged with stealing a car Tuesday.

“It was actually a bait car,” said Sgt. James McWilliams, a spokesman. “They see that the car has been activated and notify corresponding officers nearby.”

Bait cars often are equipped with GPS, remote kill switches and door locks or video surveillance technology. The car was stolen from the Bon Oak and Chambers Road intersection in unincorporated North County just south of Dellwood.

“We have been using the bait car program since 2003, and it’s had great success with numerous arrests,” McWilliams said. “We have a large number of bait cars in our fleet with different makes and models. These cars are being used all the time.”

Bond for Degraffenreid was set at $7,500, cash only.

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K August 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
This is the kind of behavior bred by adults like Lozell. When the going gets tough, just turn to crime. Not exactly what kids should be taught about how to grow up and be a productive member of society instead of being a dredge on it. Hopefully this one will get more than probation.
New Mom August 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Dumb ass
tim August 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Hmm...seem a bit deceptive. What if he were just more gullible than deviant?
Dan O August 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
A thief is a thief. Crimes of opportunity are still crimes. For all we know the kid has a rap sheet a mile long. Maybe he was on his way to rob someones home, when opportunity knocked and he took the bait. I don't feel bad for anyone who steals.
your September 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Yeah, so when he robs some one and kills them well apply your theory. Think before you comment, you'll save yourself the embarrassment.

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