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Sacramento Bait Bike program leads to 50 arrests

The Bait Bike Program has busted bike bandits and led to a break in bike thefts in midtown.

More than 50 arrests have been made by the Sacramento Police Department in connection with the midtown Bait Bike Program, according to a press release from the Handle District. The program is a component of a more comprehensive bicycle theft and education program.

Bike thefts are down 25 percent this year. Sacramento police continue to set up four bait bicycles at random locations and times in midtown.

The bait bikes are equipped with GPS tracking devices. The bicycles are locked in various locations, and police officers are tipped off when they move.

Bicycles valued at more than $1,000 face value have been added to the program, addressing a legal detail that some thieves may be unaware of, according to the release. Stolen property worth more than $900 allows accusers to pursue felony charges.

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