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Danville police use 'bait bike' to catch would-be thieves

Bike equipped with GPS device to nab thieves before they can strike residents

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.

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19 people like this
Posted by Greg T
a resident of Diablo
on Oct 24, 2019 at 7:02 am

Good for the Danville police!
I fully support this program. No wonder there a proactive, highly regarded Police department. My only worry is that the liberal Bay Area judges will probably just turn the criminal back loose again to then steal 'civilians bikes again. Supposedly 'social justice'


18 people like this
Posted by LQuintor
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 24, 2019 at 7:22 am

I absolutely LOVE this department! Sting operations to deter crime and license plate readers to stop the criminals before they strike. For being such a small city, they have managed to find resources to fund these services and in the end, it pays off! Way to go Danville PD!


12 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 24, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I agree with the above 2 comments. Too bad the San Ramon P.D. isn't following Danville P.D's. lead.


5 people like this
Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm

I have mixed emotions about bait bikes and sting operations. They're effective, but I prefer that society wise up and keep from setting yourself up to be victimized. A lot of crime is PREVENTABLE and every arrest for a crime that was PREVENTABLE will cost the taxpayers.

So they arrested this guy in a bait bike situation, and we're paying for it. How does that benefit us? If he does any jail time he'll just be back out, so we wasted taxpayer dollars for nothing. Arresting a thief in a bait situation doesn't stop him stealing. If you want someone not to steal from you, you have to take away the opportunity. Not give him one.


5 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Oct 25, 2019 at 7:39 am

The guys are professional thieves driving here from out of town and the bikes are locked. Wake up Nick.

Sounds like maybe you belong in SFO or Berkeley.


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Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 25, 2019 at 8:39 am

Dan - I'm a moderate REPUBLICAN. SFO or Berkeley is the last place I belong. I don't need a wake up call. I'm well into my 50s, and I've never been victimized. My point was to wake up people who are constantly victimized, and quit wasting taxpayer dollars. PERIOD.

Once again, if they're not getting anything but a slap on the wrist (Prop 47) it's a waste of taxpayers dollars. Cops prioritize (petty theft has never been a priority) and the courts will do very little. Because they CAN'T. Prior to Prop 47 - this would make more sense.

Thieves are opportunists, and nothing stops a thief unless you take away the opportunity.

Wise up Dan. You're clueless.


7 people like this
Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Oct 25, 2019 at 9:00 am

I totally agree with Nick. This sting is a waste of time and money. They'll be at it again in no time. And laughing all the way to their next theft.


4 people like this
Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Oct 25, 2019 at 9:13 am

Also - stings are effective in making an arrest, but they do nothing to prevent the problem. I guess that's our responsibility since thieves will always exist and police officers arrest. To protect and to serve, and the rest is on us.


8 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Nick and Jeniffer:

Sting operations work. Suspects arrested in sting operations often times have warrants out for their arrest on unrelated matters - matters that are far more serious than what they are actually arrested for.

Sting operations are set up primarily to target specific crimes happening in a specific area. In this case, police may have received numerous complaints about stolen bikes. If police caught the actual suspect committing that crime - which could easily amount to grand theft - the likelihood of the suspect returning to the area where the crime occurred is slim.

The state has a backlog of more than 2.5 million unserved warrants for felony and misdemeanor crimes. Most are for minor offenses, but tens of thousands of those warrants are for people wanted for violent crimes, including more than 2,600 outstanding homicide warrants.

Sting operations are tools of the trade. They work.




2 people like this
Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Sting operations are tools of the trade, and they do work. Unless this was grand theft (and hopefully it was) with Prop 47, it's a waste of time and money. The police PRIORITIZE and bike theft (in any city) is low priority.


2 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Jennifer,

Read my post. You missed the point.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2019 at 8:05 am

Nick and Jennifer, Malcolm is obviously informed you are NOT!


2 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 29, 2019 at 8:49 am

Police stings have always been controversial. If you're not aware of this, you're either stupid or uninformed. Or both.


2 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:11 am

BALTIMORE SUN

"Police union officials and some commanders have argued that stings, especially random ones, are useless and a waste of time."

High ranking police officials know more than the rest of us.


5 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

Bill, you made a statement that is, quite frankly, void of content in the “huh?” department. While it is true that sting operations are at times controversial; however, in this case, Danville PD is working for the general public’s greater good. Why not praise Danville PD in their effort to reduce crime instead calling people stupid?


3 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

I'll bet Bill would feel different if "his" bike was stolen. Besides Baltimore has many more serious issues to deal with. Go Danville police you are just the best.


3 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:36 am

Hi Bill, this might help you out a bit...

Police Arrest Serial Bike Thief After Undercover Operation: Web Link

Police arrest 30 pedophiles in Internet sting operation: Web Link

Massive online pedophile ring busted by cops: Web Link



4 people like this
Posted by Nick
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:38 am

Learn to agree to disagree. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.


2 people like this
Posted by Malcolm
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

Mmm... Facts will always outweigh opinion and emotions... Nick.


2 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:47 pm

The fact is there are too many arrogant know it all's on the internet that will never admit they're wrong, never allow someone to have an opinion that differs from the one they hold and a total pain in the ass to others readers. They're arrogant jerks. Get a life.


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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm

...Emotions Yeah...


15 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 30, 2019 at 11:13 am

Its amazing how much time we spend arguing. The US has the most people incarcerated than any other country. Those so could criminals are someones children, and just like you and are were born human. This world is full of hate and criminal activity all the way to the white house. Everyone seems to be trying to control the situation rather than becoming part of the solution. Hate breads hate period. Until we start as a society treating everyone like they are our own children, own husband, own wife, own friend, etc. and stop trying to control them, yet treat them with kindness, understanding, and acceptance regardless of anything, we will continue to have these situations were people act out. History has shown this again and again. We must fight, yes, but they way we are fighting is completely opposite form how we should be fighting.


5 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 30, 2019 at 2:28 pm

LOL!!!! Here we go, blame it on President Trump.

Hey Resident, when you stray so far off topic, your credibility goes right out the window. But more to the point, a convicted felon is not a "so-called" criminal.

I mean, if you're going to use that logic, every incarcerated inmate in prison I guess is a "so-called" criminal, right? LOL!!!!!







8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Oct 31, 2019 at 9:13 am

Malcolm,

Not blaming the President at all. The government consists of far more powerful people such as career politicians and lobbyist, to name a few. Its people like you who have no empathy or compassion for others that make this world a terrible place. You are no better and just as much a drain on society as that "felon" you say with that attitude. One day we can all hope to be as perfect as you and your family.


1 person likes this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 31, 2019 at 2:37 pm

You're comparing me to a convicted felon? LOL!!

Based on what? Ya know, I'm beginning to think you have had issues with law enforcement, yes?

And by the way, your holier than thou attitude is not scripted well for this topic.


1 person likes this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:01 pm

One more thingy...

Resident said, “This world is full of hate and criminal activity all the way to the white house.” But then said, “Not blaming the President at all.”

Uh... Yeah...


4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:19 am

Thank you Malcolm,

For the continued criticism.

I rest my case.


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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 1, 2019 at 8:24 am

Truth hurts


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Posted by Cop Lover
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2019 at 1:28 am

Hey moderator, can we get some fresh jackboots in this echo chamber? They're all licked up!


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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 5, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The term jack boots originates from the French word jaque (m) meaning mail.

The term is of Catalan origin, descended from the Arabic shakk. These boots were made very heavy by the mail reinforcement, and are slightly less so today from the use of modern materials as stiffeners.


2 people like this
Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:45 am

Well, well, well...

Bike thief, Peter EdwardVoss, was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for possession of a stolen bicycle, tampering with vehicles and for probation violation. Voss has been known to police officers in the San Ramon Valley; in 2016 he was arrested by the San Ramon Police Department on suspicion of sexually assaulting a ride-share driver.

Hey Dan and Jeniffer, see what I was talking about? One thing leads to another... in other words, Voss had warrants out for his arrest - which Danville PD became aware of once they nailed the idiot for bike theft.


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