2 men arrested after stealing electronic device from "bait car," more charges expected

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LAKELAND, Tenn. - Two men were arrested in North Memphis after they stole an electronic device from a “bait car” at the Lakeland restaurant.

Antonio Bateman, 20, and Jamil Spencer, 34, were both charged with aggravated assault, theft from a motor vehicle and evading arrest on Monday, Nov. 6. 

According to Earle Farrell, public information officer for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), more charges are expected. 

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“More charges are expected to be filed,” he said. “Each is being held on a $75,000 bond.”

It is believed these men are part of a bigger theft ring which may have involved other motor vehicle thefts in Lakeland, according to Farrell. 

“The bait car was a double cab pickup truck used at the Lakeland Cracker Barrel with a laptop visible,” said Mr. Farrell. “It sat for a couple of days untouched,” said Mr. Farrell.  But then on Monday, the two suspects broke out the back window of the truck and took the laptop. They matched the description from other car break-ins."

Deputies followed the men to an apartment on Chelsea but they got away, Farrell told FOX13. In the process, they hit head on into a plainclothes car which is the aggravated assault charge. At that location, the deputies recovered stolen hand guns and electronics devices.

Farrell told FOX13 you need to be careful with your objects around these guys. 

“The upshot of this is do not leave valuables in cars. These thieves watch places like Cracker Barrel where people will be inside 30 or 40 minutes, and if they see you put something in your trunk, that’s exactly where they go," Farrell said.

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