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11 Santa Rosa thieves fooled by ‘bait bike,’ police say

(KRON) — In response to a current spike in bicycle thefts round Santa Rosa, police planted a “bait bike” downtown and arrested anybody who determined to steal it.

Eleven alleged thieves took the bait and had been arrested by the Santa Rosa Police Division Property Crimes Investigations Staff.

“This 3-day proactive operation concerned officers surveilling a bicycle left unattended as ‘bait’ and contacting anybody deciding to take the bicycle. SRPD PCI particularly centered on metropolis parking tons and garages downtown,” SRPD wrote.

As a result of the bicycle was valued at $1,100, suspects who took the “bait bike” had been booked into jail on felony grand theft expenses.

In accordance with police, the next individuals had been arrest and booked into jail:

  • Shane Hulbert, a 29-year-old transient, was booked for felony grand theft and violation of probation.
  • Emily Christopher, a 31-year-old Ukiah girl, was booked for grand theft, possession of narcotics, and possession of a bladed throwing star known as a “shuriken.”
  • Edwin Sierra-Ortega, a 47-year-old Santa Rosa man, was booked for grand theft.
  • Javier Lopez, a 37-year-old homeless man, was booked for grand theft.
  • Paul Johnson, a 45-year-old unsheltered man from Petaluma, was booked for grand theft and possession of narcotics.
  • Efrain Perez, a 32-year-old homeless man, was booked for grand theft and possession of narcotics.
  • Mayra Bogarin, a 36-year-old transient, was booked for grand theft.
  • Stephen Floyd Jr., a 37-year-old transient, was booked for grand theft.
  • Scott Reed, a 60-year-old unsheltered man, was booked for grand theft.
  • Victor Carrio, a 50-year-old homeless man, was booked into jail for grand theft and conspiracy to commit theft.
  • Samuel Manuel, a 48-year-old transient, was booked into jail for grand theft, conspiracy, and probation violation.

Police mentioned officers will proceed utilizing the “bait bike” to catch extra thieves within the act.

“Further related operations are being deliberate. SRPD wish to lengthen our gratitude to Bike Peddler, a bicycle firm positioned in Santa Rosa, for his or her help on this operation. Their beneficiant assist and cooperation is what made this operation attainable,” the police division wrote.

The Santa Rosa Police Division requested residents to safe bicycles with locks, ideally locks which can be uncuttable, to assist stop future thefts.

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