Two charged in bike thefts at University House Apartments

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

A police officer recovered two stolen bicycles late Wednesday while arresting one suspect and issuing a sworn complaint against another.

The Gainesville Police Department said the bikes were being taken from the University House Apartments at 725 NW 13th St. when Officer Michael Lynch reached the scene.

Lynch said he saw two people leaving the stairwell on the north side of the complex, each with a bicycle. Lynch chased and eventually caught the pair as they pedaled for a couple of blocks and then got off the bikes and ran.

Jeffrey Ivian Morrison Jr., 20, of 623 NW Sixth Ave., was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft.

Lynch said the other suspect, Deontae A. Rutledge, 18, admitted using a bolt cutter on the bike locks and then abandoning the tool, which was later found in an apartment stairwell. A sworn complaint was issued against Rutledge for the same charges.

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