UNL Police Catch Another Bike Thief

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UNL Police nab another bicycle thief after he steals one of the department's own bikes.

The University of Nebraska Police Department has arrested yet another bicycle thief. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, one of their bait bikes was stolen from a bike rack at an undisclosed location.

Sergeant Casey Ricketts said police dispatchers were able to follow the GPS tracking system installed on the bike and direct officers to that location. The suspect was contacted near 14th and Stadium Drive.

The suspect's identity was not able to be confirmed so he was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail for the larceny. He will remain in jail until he can be positively identified.

The department has equipped bikes of various types and colors so they will blend in with other bikes. The bikes are placed in several locations throughout both campuses. Some are left locked while others are not. When they move, an alarm is triggered and dispatchers are alerted of the theft.

10/11 News spoke with some University students who had gathered to watch as several officers arrived to intercept the suspect. Several said they did not know about the bait bikes, but were glad that something was being done to help stop the rash of thefts on campus.

A number of students say they know someone of who was a victim or have had their own bike stolen.