Goshen police officers implement plan to arrest bike thiefs

The Goshen Police Department has implemented the 'bait bike' plan to arrest bicycle thiefs.

Posted on Sept. 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Following an increase bike thefts over the last months throughout Goshen, police officers have implemented a plan that could help them find suspects.

The Goshen Police Department developed a “bait bicycle” plan after brainstorming ways to deter bike thefts, according to a press release from the police department.

After obtaining consent from the administration, officers put the plan in motion. Officers place a bicycle in an area with increased problems with thefts and park in an unmarked vehicle a short distance away and wait.

So far, two arrests have been made through the bait bicycle plan.

“One might feel that the theft of a bicycle doesn’t rank particularly high on the list of crimes to affect a community, but it in fact does mean a great deal in a community like ours,” said a statement from the press release.

Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson has approved the continued implementation of the plan throughout the city, according to the press release.

Officers will move the bait bike to different locations in an attempt to apprehend other suspects.


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