Arcata man arrested in bike sting

Press release from the APD:

The City of Arcata and specifically the Downtown area, have seen a significant number of bicycle thefts during the day time hours. In an attempt to proactively combat this on going problem, on 08/05/2014 the Arcata Police Department conducted a "Bicycle Sting" operation in the Downtown area. A bicycle was left unsecured in an identified high crime location. Officers then conducted surveillance on the bicycle.

During the course of the operation, 32 year old Michael Lynn McGee of Arcata, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for 487 PC - grand theft, after he took possession of the bicycle and attempted to flee the scene.

The Arcata Police Department will continue to conduct this type of operation in the future in an attempt to deter the theft of personal property from the residents of Arcata.