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Sacramento police online registry designed to return stolen bikes to owners

The Sacramento Police Department has rolled out a new online registry to get stolen bikes back to their owners.

The registry, called “Ride On!”, will allow bicycle owners to go to and register a bike. The information is then entered into the police department’s data base, providing officers with a valuable tool to find the owner of a recovered bicycle.

If a bike registered with Sacramento police is recovered after a theft, an officer can search registration records for the bicycle, which is cross-referenced by name as well as by serial number and registration number.

The department has been active in cutting down on bike theft. Arrests have been made by using “bait” bikes.

Bikes are left alone and are watched as thieves ride off with them. Officers then swoop in and make an arrest.

Other departments are also using bait bikes. On Friday, at about 1:30 p.m. in Citrus Heights, police officers left a bike near Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard.

In just 15 minutes, a man walked by the bike, took a close look at it, and moments later rode it away down Sunrise Boulevard. Officers arrested John Wayne Wilburn, Jr., 39, of Citrus Heights.

Wilburn was arrested on suspicion of petty theft and a drug charge.