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Police use Craigslist to nab suspected thief

Palo Alto police took to the Internet Saturday to respond to an ad offering what turned out to a stolen bicycle for sale and then arrested the seller.

Police were told by a resident of the 1100 bock of Clark Way Saturday that two bicycles had been stolen from his garage, Police Agent Dan Ryan said.

The resident saw a brand-new posting on Craigslist for very similar bicycles for sale and Officer Michael Kan then responded to the ad as a prospective buyer. The bike for sale was one of the ones stolen from the Clark Way garage, Ryan said.

The "seller" then led police to the second stolen road bike. The bikes were valued at $800 each.

Anthony J. Gangi, a former Sonoma County resident who recently moved to Palo Alto, was charged with one count of possession of stolen property.

-- Don Kazak

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 25, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Excellent work - Craigslist is filled with suspect deals on bikes, its nice to see the police acting on this.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 25, 2008 at 11:05 pm

So did the resident get his bikes returned? Or are they being held as "evidence"?


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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 25, 2008 at 11:20 pm

what's a bock?


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Posted by Pal y77
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:51 am

Nice to hear the PAPD took someone seriously.
I wish the MVPD was the same.
My son had his much beloved P2 stolen in Mt. View last year.
This was something that we worked on for two years, only to have the MVPD tell us that "it is only a bicycle"!
Good job PAPD!


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