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Bike thief chased and tackled in middle of street, SFPD surveillance video shows

Bike thief chased and tackled, surveillance footage shows

A bicycle thief was caught on camera, and caught in person, as two pedestrians chased him into the street near Mission Cliffs in San Francisco on Wednesday.
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A bicycle thief was caught on camera, and caught in person, as two pedestrians chased him into the street near Mission Cliffs in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Some crimes go unnoticed until they're discovered on surveillance tape. Others are caught in the act by passersby.

A recent incident in San Francisco had both, as a surveillance camera caught vigilantes chasing down a thief within seconds.

Video posted online Friday by SFPD shows a pedestrian taking a bike from a rack before being chased by two other pedestrians. The thief is then tackled to the ground by one of the them, the video shows.

A scuffle ensues among the three, broken up as they're surrounded by two automobiles. As they disperse, one of the chasing pedestrians picks up the bike and re-racks it.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon in broad daylight, on Harrison Street near Mission Cliffs, a rock climbing gym. SFPD uploaded the video to Twitter two days later, mentioning that the Mission Police District has a "Bait Bike" program in effect to catch thieves in the act.

The Mission District police station's website has its own section dedicated to bike theft prevention, including a link to San Francisco's free, voluntary bicycle registry program, SAFE Bikes.

Bait bike programs are often used by police departments in cities with moderate to heavy bike traffic, including Sacramento.

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