This is good news
D.C. police are using bait bikes to catch thieves who they believe are responsible for a spike in property crimes in and around Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
Last week, police teams placed two unsecured bikes on the 600 block of H Street Northeast. In less than an hour, the bikes were stolen five times.
I'm not sure about the unsecured part. Maybe that's just the Catholic in me.
“We didn’t have to wait 10 minutes,” said 1st Police District Commander David Kamperin. In one instance, police busted two thieves who rode off together.
Police do not know yet whether the suspects who were snagged in the bait bike operation are responsible for a recent rash of stolen bikes in the 1st District. East of 13th Street Southeast, the area around Potomac and Pennsylvania avenues has been hit hard. Thieves have made off with unsecured bikes left in backyards and used bolt-cutters to snap thin chains attached to racks, he said.