Prospective criminals looking to snatch a new two-wheeler have been put on alert by the Danville Police Department, which has launched a “bait bike” sting operation that has already caught two would-be thieves.
In order to catch thieves before they can strike at a Danville resident, Danville police officers have equipped a bike with a GPS device that officers lock on a rack in the downtown area.
Police officials say once the thief has stolen the bike, officers will receive an alert with the location of the bicycle as well as the thief.
The operation has already proven to be a success with two culprits caught for attempting to steal the bike.
The first suspect was a 43-year-old Concord man who was arrested on Camille Avenue at the Iron Horse Trail, shortly after cutting the lock and stealing the bike from its spot near the intersection of Hartz and Railroad avenues, police reported on Monday.
Then on Tuesday, Danville police announced the second arrest of a 27-year-old man who was also from Concord for stealing the bait bike at a different time.
Danville PD officials encourage everyone to lock up their bikes with a good, dependable bike lock and have recommended the REI Co-op online as a good resource for information on choosing a quality lock.