This is an update to my previous Wednesday February 8 posting with some good news. The Santa Ana Police Department arrested three of the robbers who had recently been attacking-bike jacking– solo riders using Orange County’s popular Santa Ana River Trail. Vigilant patrol officers from the Santa Ana Police Department developed leads that led to three arrests of the robbers and the recovery of two bikes which were traced back to a bike shop from where they were stolen. The robbers were identified by some of the victims so Santa Ana PD is confident that they have the bad guys in custody. I spoke with a detective at the Santa Ana PD who confirmed the above statements as well as acknowledging that they posted the note below on some bike forums was posted by the Robbery detail seeking the owners of the two recovered bikes (which has already happened). The investigation is continuing so the detective was not able to release any more information.
During the past two months there have been several robberies on the Santa Ana Riverbed in Santa Ana between 17th Street and Edinger. The robbers mostly target lone riders, usually between 6PM and 8PM. The good news is that on Sunday, February 6th, three of the robbers were caught. We showed their photos to some of the other victims who identified them as being responsible in multiple robberies. SAPD is confident that the primary robbery suspects are in custody. That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours.
SAPD recovered two bicycles on 02-08-12. We are looking for the owner; likely a bike shop since they appear brand new. Checking with Performance bike shop since they sell both brands.
#1 SCATTANTE, Full Monocoque Carbon SL10, white frame with red, black seat, black handle wrap, Schwalbe tires, Aclass alx730 wheels
#2 FUJI, Altimira 3.0, black frame with white and red, white seat, white handle wrap, Hutchinson tires, Oval 330 wheels Anyone with information on the owners of the above bikes please contact me.
Thank You and be safe!
Det. Cpl. M. Miller #2795
Santa Ana Police Department
The Santa Ana PD is to be congratulated for their quick action in catching these robbers who were preying on cyclists. But even with these arrests coupled with the fact that the Santa Ana PD does regularly patrol the Trail, it is still not a good idea to ride the trail by yourself and particularly not at night.
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