Ashland police using 'bait bike' to catch thieves

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Police are using a "bait bike" to catch bicycle thieves in Ashland.

Police have an electronic tracking device on the bicycle that alerts police when it is taken, so officers can track its movements.

The Mail Tribune reports police have arrested or cited five men for theft since Oct. 5 when they started the sting. Several other times they recovered the bike, without finding the thief.

Each time, the same bait goes back into a public rack in the continuing effort to reduce bike thefts in Ashland.