- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Hagerstown police say they are installing GPS devices on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles in an effort to crack down on the theft of off-road vehicles.

The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/1MkbGa8 ) reports Hagerstown Police Department spokeswoman Heather Aleshire said bait vehicles with the GPS devices were deployed in the city 12 times in 160 days.

Aleshire says during that time, the vehicles were stolen five times, resulting in six arrests. The most recent incident occurred Tuesday, involving two juveniles.

According to Aleshire, there has been an increase in the number of calls involving the illegal street use of dirt bikes and ATVs in the city. Additionally, thefts of ATVs and dirk bikes from private residences have also increased.

Aleshire says police will continue to deploy the bait vehicles to catch thieves.


Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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