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Sting Operation Targets Bicycle Theft

Law enforcement officials on Thursday conducted a sting operation in Moorpark in an effort to stem a rash of bicycle thefts that have taken place since June.

During the one-day operation at three shopping areas--Lucky, Albertson’s and Kmart--authorities from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department apprehended one 17-year-old who allegedly was trying to steal a BMX bike, authorities said.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of petty theft but later released, authorities said.

The agents placed unchained bikes at the stores and then watched for the thefts.

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Authorities said nine bikes have been stolen recently from the city’s shopping centers and open garages.

Kory Martinelli, Moorpark’s community policing coordinator, said that if the high number of bike thefts continues, authorities will conduct more stings.

Authorities warned Moorpark residents to keep unattended bicycles chained.

They urged residents to call 494-8200, Ext. 1 to report suspicious activity or to call 911 if they witness a crime in progress.

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Residents can anonymously contact “Crime Stoppers” at 494-TALK.


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