Mounties in Nanaimo arrested two men for allegedly stealing an RCMP Bait car.
The car was stolen on Rosehill Street in central Nanaimo late Monday afternoon, alerting plain clothes officers who followed the car down Townsite Road.
When the car pulled into a gas station at the intersection of East Wellington and Bowen roads a few minutes later, police surrounded the vehicle and detained a man behind the wheel.
Police suspected a white older model Jeep that also pulled in might have been connected to the theft and detained its 19-year-old male driver too. A search of that vehicle turned up stolen items, including a laptop computer, that had been taken from the Bait car a day earlier.
Officers arrested both men shortly after 5 p.m.
Both men appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday.
Shawn Jason Wheldon, 37, pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Charges of possession of stolen property and theft under $5,000 against the 19-year-old suspect were stayed and he was released.