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Suspected thief tries to make off with high-end racing bike at Amgen event

Joseph Pierre Macon
Joseph Pierre Macon Sacramento police

A man was arrested after he allegedly tried to steal a bicycle at the Amgen cycling race Sunday.

Joseph Pierre Macon, 32, of Sacramento was booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of felony grand theft and violation of probation after allegedly trying to make off with the high-end bicycle near 7th and J streets.

A witness began chasing Macon about 3 p.m. Sunday when he pushed past a security guard as he fled, according to a police activity log. Macon is said to have discarded the bike and then was quickly apprehended by a Sacramento police officer.

A police report appears to indicate that the bicycle was an extra team bike for the U.S. national team. The bike did not appear to be assigned to any particular rider.

The bikes are prized by riders and thieves. In 2009, Lance Armstrong’s time-trial bike was stolen from a truck behind a downtown Sacramento hotel while he was competing in the Amgen Tour of California. The bike, valued at more than $10,000, was eventually recovered.

Highlights from the weekend's races as the Amgen Tour of California visits Sacramento.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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