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APD PRESS RELEASE Bike Theft Arrests, 08-21-14

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT                                                                
PRESS RELEASE
 
August 21, 2014
  
Re:  Bike Theft Arrests
  
APD case #: 14-2152, Terri Tezanos, 46 year old female, Ashland address
APD case #: 14-2150, Killian Omotoy,  20 year old male, Rogue River address
APD case #: 14-2138, Nicholas Wimberly, 25 year old male, Ashland transient
 
The Ashland Police Department has arrested three people in three different incidents of bike theft over the last 24 hours. Each of these people has been caught stealing a decoy bike owned by the Ashland Police Department, and valued at $1,500. Each of these people was apprehended within minutes of stealing the bike and subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail.
 
As has been previously released, the Ashland Police Department deploys various bikes to various locations around the city. The department has multiple tracking devices that can be attached to the bikes. The bike can then be tracked in real-time on a computer while officers close in and arrest the suspect.
 
Prior to the implementation of this program the Ashland Police Department had been seeing a significant, yearly increase in bike thefts. With the implementation of this program the City of Ashland has seen a 33% decrease in bike thefts reported by members of the community in the first half of 2014 as compared to the first half of 2013.
 
The Ashland Police Department would like to remind all bike owners to lock their bikes. Most bikes that are stolen in the city are left unlocked and unattended, and the first, best line of defense against bike thieves is the use of a lock. APD would also like to encourage everyone to register their bikes.
 
 *Press inquiries please contact Deputy Chief Falls  at 541 482 5211*

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