Suspect arrested on suspicion of bicycle theft on campus

Ron Rokhy

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CSUN police arrested a suspect Thursday in connection to a bicycle theft on campus.

According to the police department’s crime log, the suspect, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was arrested in Redwood Hall at 2:20 p.m. for stealing a bike secured to a rack on the west side of the building. During the arrest, the suspect had a pair of bolt cutters in his possession.

The suspect, who has a criminal record and is currently on probation for being convicted of grand theft earlier this year, was processed at CSUN PD’s jail facility, then later booked for petty theft at Lost Hills Sheriff Station.

The arrest comes in the wake of a flurry of bike thefts that have plagued the campus since the beginning of the year. According to police officials, 99 bikes have been stolen since the start of the year, 38 of them being from this semester alone.

“It’s a tough problem, but not an unusual problem,” said Anne P. Galvin, chief of police, in an interview with the Sundial in September. “It’s probably one of the most common campus crimes that there is.”

Police officials advise students to take advantage of their bike registration system and use secure compounds located around campus. Registering your bike attaches serial numbers to bikes for easy tracking. Also, no bikes have been reported missing from any of the compounds this year.