Chico PD Snags Thief with Bait Bike

Accused bike thief.

Accused bike thief.

The Chico Police Department managed to catch a thief in the act with a special GPS-equipped bait bike.

The suspect is being charged with felony grand theft for trying to take a $1500 bike the police locked up near the Safeway on Mangrove Street. This was the suspect's third arrest within a month, which at one point required bystanders to hold him until police arrived.

The CPD bait bike program is a response to an increase in bike and property thefts in the area. The GPS can be attached to any bike and others used are valued under $1000. Officer Rob Merrified said, “We’re happy to arrest a thief on any stolen bike." and hopes knowledge of the program will deter criminals in the future.

Read more on Chico Enterprise Record's website by clicking here.

Posted on October 5, 2015 and filed under legal.