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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Police in Arlington are looking for the man who recently tried to steal a pickup truck. The incident took place at about 3:45 a.m. on September 1 in the 500 block of Woodcrest Lane, as the suspect attempted to drive away with a parked truck that was actually an unmarked police bait vehicle.

The Arlington Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Department, along with national and Tarrant County agencies, collaborate on a bait car program, as a means of catching car thieves in the act. The bait cars are rigged with cameras and additional mechanisms designed to assist police in capturing potential car thieves.

A surveillance camera inside of the pickup truck captured the suspect entering the vehicle and trying to start it with some sort of tool. In the process, he damaged the truck’s steering column. When the suspect was unable to start the truck, he fled from the scene. Over the course of the video, which police have posted on both YouTube and Facebook, the suspect’s face can clearly be seen.

Authorities are hoping that somebody can help identify the man in the video. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Charlie Tutor with the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-5308, or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. Those with information could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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