Lonnie Pierce, a career thief with a rap sheet that goes back to the 90s, was arrested in the Mission on Tuesday after stealing one of San Francisco’s bait bikes.
The SFPD’s Anti Bike Theft program announced the arrest on its Twitter page, where it also encourages victims of bike theft to post images and descriptions of their stolen rides. One Twitter user responded with his not-so-fond memory of an encounter with the arrested man:
Bait Bikes are usually expensive bicycles with a GPS tracker on them that allow the police to nab the hapless thieves after they think they’re in the clear. Anti Bike Theft was unable to immediately return a call for details of Pierce’s arrest.
For laypeople who want to ride on the reputation of the bait bikes, SFPD has been handing out stickers emblazoned with the words “Is this a Bait Bike?” to make potential thieves think twice. The stickers are about to run out, but you can still get one for your bike at Mission, Southern and Central stations.
While you’re there, you can also register your bike’s serial number with the police, in the hope that if it is discovered at a flea market or in the hands of a thief, it can be returned to its rightful owner.