Arcadia theft suspect arrested with help of GPS “bait bicycle”


ARCADIA >> A theft suspect picked the wrong bicycle to target Sunday when he tried to ride off on a bicycle fitted with an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracking device, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 5:15 p.m. when a bicycle fitted with a tracking device and left by police in the south end of the city was taken, Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo said.
The theft of the bicycle immediately set of alarms in police dispatch and began transmitting the location of the pilfered bicycle.
Officers soon found the suspect and took him into custody without a struggle as he made his way down a bike path along the Rio Hondo, approaching Valley Boulevard in El Monte, Bonomo said. The bike was recovered.
The name of the suspect, who is accused of petty theft, was not available pending the booking process.
The bait bicycles are similar to another ongoing theft-fighting program being operated by Arcadia police involving GPS-laden bait packages that are left around town to help catch opportunistic thieves.

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