A victim of bike theft, man solves his own crime
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 8:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.
A man who was a victim of a crime helped solve the crime Sunday by using the Internet and a cellphone to track down the bicycle he said was stolen from him and leading police to the suspect.
According to the Gainesville Police Department, Samuel Gause's $700 bike was stolen Friday around 11 p.m. from his home on Northwest 23rd Boulevard.
On Sunday, Gause spotted what appeared to be his bike listed for sale on Craigslist for $200.
Gause arranged to meet with the person offering the bike for sale, claiming he was interested in buying it, and then called police to tell them what he was doing.
Officer Anton Lipski was dispatched to the meeting place at 1030 E. University Ave. Lipski said that when he found Gause and another man, Collin Dewaye Smith, 19, of 5301 NE 12th Court, looking at the bike, Smith took off running. Lipski caught Smith following a short foot chase.
Smith was arrested on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property by using the Internet, and resisting arrest.
Lipski said Smith admitted to stealing the bike, trying to sell it over the Internet and then fleeing when he spotted the officer.
Smith was being held Monday at the Alachua County jail.