Po­lice catch sus­pected thief with ‘bait bike’

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By Ja­son Green ja­son. green@ ba­yare­anews­group. com Con­tact Ja­son Green at 408- 920- 5006.

CAMP­BELL » Camp­bell po­lice this week reeled in a theft sus­pect us­ing a new “bait pro­gram.”

The pro­gram, which fea­tures a bi­cy­cle equipped with GPS track­ing tech­nol­ogy, was launched in re­sponse to calls about thefts and bur­glar­ies, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Gary Berg.

Tues­day, po­lice left the so- called “bait bike” at a res­i­den­tial com­plex near the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Po­lice re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion about 1: 50 p.m. that it had been stolen.

Of­fi­cers found 40- year- old Michael Pow­ell, a tran­sient, in pos­ses­sion of the bicy- cle on the 2400 block of South Bas­com Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A search of Pow­ell al­legedly turned up metham­phetamine and sev­eral bur­glary tools in­clud­ing a win­dow punch.

Po­lice said Pow­ell was ar­rested on charges re­lated to the drugs and tools, as well as grand theft and pos­ses­sion of a con­cealed dag­ger.

“We will con­tinue to work with our Camp­bell res­i­dents to place ‘ bait pack­ages’ at homes and busi­nesses through­out the city,” Berg said. “We are turn­ing the ta­bles on crim­i­nals and send­ing a clear mes­sage to po­ten­tial thieves: Don’t come to Camp­bell to steal.”

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