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Eugene Police cracking down on bike thieves in downtown area

Police say they have been proactively conducting bait bike operations in the downtown area and plan to keep doing it throughout the summer.

Posted: Jul. 7, 2018 6:19 PM
Updated: Jul. 8, 2018 9:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department is using "bait bikes" to help catch bike thieves in the downtown area.

Police arrested 42-year-old Jeremy Lee Linville, who police said has a history of property crime offenses.

Police said he took the bait bike from the bike rack at the library.

Police also arrested 27-year-old James Huston Mattiazzi who police said was with Linville when Linville stole the bike.

22-year-old Cody Anthony Bryan was also arrested after police said he took a bike near Charnelton and West 7th Alley.

"I'm glad they're doing something about it," said Dan Jones, father of a University of Oregon student. "We've had a bunch of bikes stolen and stripped. My daughter goes to the University of Oregon and she locked it up in a cage and they stole the front tire, the fork, the seat, the pedal, so yeah, it's a big problem."

Police said they have been proactively conducting bait bike operations in the downtown area and plan to keep doing it throughout the summer.

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