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.