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Another suspect arrested in ‘bait bike’ theft

Kirk Sharrah, 51, was arrested Friday on the American River bike trail on suspicion of stealing a Sacramento Police Department “bait bike.”
Kirk Sharrah, 51, was arrested Friday on the American River bike trail on suspicion of stealing a Sacramento Police Department “bait bike.” Sacramento Police Department

Kirk Sharrah is the latest suspect to gain familiarity with the Sacramento Police Department’s rapidly growing “bait bike” program.

Sharrah, 51, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Friday on the American River bike trail near 10th Street, police say.

Sharrah was found riding one of the department’s dozen or so specially equipped bikes, police said, and was booked into the Sacramento County jail on charges of petty theft, possession of burglary tools and a felony probation violation. Online booking records showed he remained in custody there Saturday in lieu of $20,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Sharrah, who is sometimes known as “Roadrunner,” has a lengthy record of arrests dating at least to 1993, including a 2013 no contest plea to a count of receiving stolen property, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

He also is the latest suspect arrested in the department’s efforts against bicycle thefts, which began in earnest two years ago and last year resulted in 60 arrests and citations.

The bicycles are equipped with a hidden GPS system designed to alert police when they are moved and allow officers to track down the bicycles – and the people who took them. The program began in midtown, with business groups helping to buy them to combat crime. Once they are placed in an area, they typically are stolen within 48 hours, police say.

The program has since expanded from midtown to Natomas and North Sacramento, and last month was introduced in south Sacramento.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam

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