An item on Craigslist led to the arrest of a suspected bicycle thief, Menlo Park police said. An undercover officer arrested a San Jose man in connection with two Menlo Park thefts.
A theft victim discovered her stolen bike listed for sale on the online site Craigslist, and contacted Menlo Park police. They arranged a sting, and on July 30, arrested James Barry Durr. Police recovered a bicycle as well as stolen property from another theft in Menlo Park, said police spokeswoman Nicole Acker in a press release.
In recent weeks, there's been an upsurge in bike thefts from carports, and in front of homes and apartments, police said. Many of the bicycles are high-end, worth more than $500, according to Ms. Acker.
Simply locking up a bicycle is not necessarily enough to prevent its theft, police warned. Besides storing bicycles out of view, police are encouraging people to mark their bikes with an identification number. An ID number makes a bike less attractive to thieves, and it makes for better evidence in court, Ms. Acker said.