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Bait bike arrest downtown marks 41st such case of the year

Sacramento police arrested a 46-year-old man Sunday morning in connection with the attempted theft of a “bait bike” in the 700 block of K Street, the 41st such case in downtown so far this year.

Police said Chris Will Cash was arrested on charges that include petty theft, possession of stolen property and burglary tools, a probation violation and outstanding warrants.

He was arrested Sunday at 7:16 a.m. after police received a notification that tracking equipment on one of the department’s bait bikes had been activated.

A police log said officers saw 46-year-old Chris Cash on the bike.

Cash was booked into the Sacramento County Jail, and online records show he was released on Monday. Sacramento Superior Court online records indicate Cash has criminal cases dating back to 1999.

Police reported on Friday that they had logged their 40th bait bike arrest or citation of the year in downtown, part of a program that began more than two years ago.

The program began in midtown after business groups banded together to help purchase the bikes to help combat bike theft. The bikes are equipped with hidden GPS devices that alert police when they are moved.

Since the inception of the program, it has expanded to include Natomas, North Sacramento and south Sacramento. Last year, authorities arrested or cited 60 individuals suspected of taking a bait bike.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam

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