I “Bait” We Catch You; Grande Prairie RCMP Employ Decoy Vehicle

Grande Prairie, Alberta : Grande Prairie RCMP are warning would be criminals that if you steal a vehicle, or enter it to steal items inside, it may be a “bait vehicle.” Grande Prairie RCMP General Investigation Section with assistance from Grande Prairie Rural and Grande Prairie General Duty recently completed a six week operation with the “bait vehicle.” As property crime is a policing priority, the Grande Prairie RCMP has been placing a “bait vehicle” in strategic locations based on information supplied by crime analysts. The location and type of vehicle will not be identified in an effort to maintain the purpose of this vehicle. The RCMP is advising the public of this initiative in an effort to deter thefts from and of motor vehicles.

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The Grande Prairie RCMP and General Investigation Section in conjunction with “K” Division Auto Theft Unit are taking a unique approach by utilizing this “bait vehicle”. This initiative demonstrates a committed partnership with the Grande Prairie community in combatting this type of property crime which ultimately has far reaching effects. This device is monitored by the RCMP and when persons are located within the stolen vehicle, they will be arrested and charged accordingly

Six individuals were charged as a result of the operation.

Jake Snow (26) of Grande Prairie has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (Criminal Code)

Snow was remanded in custody until his court appearance on March 6, 2017.

Amanda Kanyo (37) of Grande Prairie has been charged with:

  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 (Criminal Code)

Kanyo was released from custody on a Promise to Appear until her court appearance on March 1, 2017.

Crysta Desjarlais (22) of Hythe has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (Criminal Code)
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance (CC)

Desjarlais appeared in court and has dealt wither charges

Nathan Landry (22) of Grande Prairie has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (Criminal Code)
  • Mischief under $5000 (CC)

Landry has not been located and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Tyler Lannigan (27) of Grande Prairie has been charged with:

  • Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 (Criminal Code)
  • Flight from Peace Officer (CC)
  • Obstruction of a Peace Officer (CC)
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 5 (CC)
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order(CC)
  • Drive while Unauthorized (Traffic Safety Act)

Lannigan appeared in court and has dealt with his charges.

A 17 year old male youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (Criminal Code)
  • Mischief under $5000 (CC)

The matter is still before the courts.

“We are trying to deter this type of criminal activity in our community,” says Cpl Shawn Graham, Grande Prairie Community Policing, “This is an excellent initiative to bring individuals involved in auto theft before the courts.”

If you have information which you believe may assist police in their investigation, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at (780) 830-5701. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.

Grande Prairie RCMP


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