The Danville Police Department’s “bait bike” snagged another couple of potential bike thieves in downtown Danville on Tuesday morning, a continuation of the program that has led to the arrest of several would-be bike thieves.
In order to catch potential bike thieves before they target residents, Danville police in October launched a series of bait bike sting operations that consist of leaving an expensive-looking bike equipped with a GPS system in areas through town and waiting for culprits to take the bait.
After arresting multiple culprits in the fall, on Tuesday town of Danville spokesperson Geoff Gillette announced on Nextdoor that police arrested a pair of Hayward residents who attempted to steal the bike while it was stationed in downtown Danville.
According to Gillette, at approximately 7:52 a.m. police were alerted via the bait bike GPS system that someone was tampering with the bike at its location near the intersection of Hartz and Railroad avenues.
An undercover detective responded and watched two women -- later identified as a 41-year-old from Hayward and a 49-year-old from Hayward -- talking near the bike. Police say one cut the lock and place the bike in the other's 2010 white Nissan 370Z convertible before driving off.
Uniformed officers soon moved in and placed both suspects in custody, booking both in the Martinez detention facility on charges of grand theft, conspiracy to commit theft, probation violation, possession of burglary tools and driving on an expired license.
Echoing statements previously published by police, Gillette encouraged residents to lock up their bikes with a dependable bike lock, further referring the REI Co-op online as a good resource for information on choosing a quality lock.
The arrestees' names are being withheld in accordance with Embarcadero Media's policy on identifying suspects before prosecutors file formal charges for certain crimes.