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Police sting targets bike thefts

Officers say it takes only five minutes before suspects strike

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With hundreds of bikes stolen every year from the peninsula, the City of Charleston is stepping up to combat the plague with coordinated sting operations. The city has already worked to drive up bike registrations, including eliminating the registration fee last year. In the past two weeks, they've also had four arrests for bicycle thefts.

In each case, officers left a city-owned bike unattended, removing the chain from the main sprocket and waiting to see what would happen. In three cases, it only took roughly five minutes for someone to come along, put the chain back, and try to ride off. In the fourth case, the suspect rode up on a bike, grabbed the city bike, and started riding off with both. All four stings were in the East Side community. It would certainly be a program welcomed in other neighborhoods as well.

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