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Police arrest alleged bike, electronics thief

Original post made on Feb 20, 2014

Palo Alto police stopped a man on a bicycle for a traffic violation last week, only to discover that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrests, was on probation in Los Angeles County and had a cell phone on him that he had stolen earlier out of a truck parked on Bryant Street.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Would like to request that the Palo Alto Online crew keep in touch with this story and let us know when this guy is released again to continue his activities.

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

Good job PAPD.

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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

My bike was stolen at the Univ. Ave. Caltrain station in December. Maybe this man took it. How do I find out (or see a photo of) what was recovered from his residence?

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

I have no idea who this person is, what his story or struggles, but I do wish that all those who choose to break the law make themselves as easy to catch. My goodness, you're on probation for two felonies, you've got two warrants out for you, including another felony, you are riding a stolen bike with a stolen cell phone in your pocket. And you don't have the presence of mind to stop at a stop sign (or whatever the violation was)? Extraordinary.

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Posted by mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

If he were white and dressed in a suit the Palo Alto police would never have stopped him for a bike infraction! They are just trying to keep the 'others' from EPA out of Palo Alto.

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Posted by Anecdote1
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

mutti, I wish what you wrote was true. I'm white and wear a suit and was ticketed on my bike for running a red light on University Avenue.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

He looks like he's drugged out. This is a human life that would be hard to turn around.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

If wonder if the guy really was just stopped, because how often are bikers really stopped? I wonder if the police aren't just in a honeymoon of a time where they can use these devices to catch criminals, and don't want them to know. If I were the cops, I'd want the thieves to think no one was minding the technological breadcrumbs as long as possible...

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