Car thief rocks out in police 'bait car'

CNN/KOAT;APD
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 3:32pm

It's a song you might recognize. For a suspected thief who thinks he boosted a car with no one in sight, it's the perfect soundtrack.

 "Not only did they seem overwhelmed with joy that they have the car, ironically enough the song playing on the radio is this is the best day of my life as he's taking the vehicle."

Last Friday, police planted a bait car in southeast Albuquerque and it didn't take long to reel in this man.

He's all smiles as the song, "The Best Day of My Life" blares from the radio.

He doesn't get far before police shut off his car remotely and make an arrest.

21-year old Drew Mayo was taken into custody.

Some would argue, it was far from the best day of his life.

"Absolutely not...it seems like this individual made a bad choice...and did something I'm sure they now regret."

Mayo was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and aside from the video's comedic nature, Albuquerque Police say they hope a valuable lesson was learned.

"If we can take programs such as this to deter individuals from stealing vehicles...that's something that's mission critical for us...because the deterrent is just as important as the apprehension."  

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