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Sacramento police make ‘bait bike’ arrest in Midtown

Jay Benjamin Hayes, 43, was arrested after stealing a “bait bike” in Midtown on Saturday
Jay Benjamin Hayes, 43, was arrested after stealing a “bait bike” in Midtown on Saturday Courtesy of the Sacramento Police Department

Sacramento police made another arrest as part of their growing bait bike program Saturday.

Police responded to a bait bike alert at 17th and J streets at 1:40 p.m. and spotted Jay Benjamin Hayes, 43, riding the bicycle. He was detained without incident and booked on charges of theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, which consisted of bolt cutters and other cutting tools, police said.

Hayes was in violation of his probation conditions, stemming from one of his prior convictions for misdemeanor and felony burglary, battery, possession of methamphetamines and possession of concealed knives. After one possession conviction in 2013, Hayes had his probation revoked and reinstated twice before being taken back into custody for 210 days.

Since the department started deploying the GPS-equipped bikes in late 2013, Sacramento police say the program has brought in suspects in a variety of other property crimes around the city. The bikes are locked in places where large numbers of bicycle thefts, vehicle break-ins or residential burglaries have occurred.

Most of the city’s roughly 12 bait bikes were purchased by business groups hoping to reduce quality-of-life crime in their neighborhoods.

Originally launched in midtown, the program has expanded into Natomas, North Sacramento and, most recently, south Sacramento, where it was rolled out in January.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison