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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio is offering cars for law enforcement officials to use as bait to foil car break-ins during the busy holiday shopping season.

The state attorney general's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is allowing all law enforcement agencies in Ohio free use of the "bait cars." The cars are outfitted with multiple cameras that activate when motion is detected near the vehicle. The equipment sends a live feed of crimes in progress to authorities.

Grove City police recently arrested two suspects who were allegedly trying to break into a bait car in an area where several break-ins had been reported.

A release from the attorney general's office also urges Ohioans to not leave anything valuable in cars that would attract the attention of thieves trolling parking lots and neighborhoods.

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