Bait bicycle used to catch suspected thief

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.

The Gainesville Police Department used a bait bicycle late Monday night to catch a suspected thief.

Police officials said there has recently been a rash of bike thefts in the area around the 1000 block of Southwest 2nd Avenue. Officer Joe Washington said he set out a bike at a bus stop and it was taken in less than a minute.

The man suspected of riding off on the bike was identified as Tyler Jason Caldwell, 30, of 914 SW 8th Ave. He was arrested a few blocks away and charged with grand theft.

Washington said Caldwell admitted to stealing other bikes in the area, but was unable to provide exact dates.

Caldwell was being held at the Alachua County jail on Tuesday.

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