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Eugene Police arrest man who tried to steal 'bait bike'

Braxton Lavell Walker-Holmes (Lane County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police’s Property Crimes Unit, Patrol’s Downtown Team, and Lane County Parole and Probation conducted another operation in support of the downtown initiative Thursday evening.

"As part of that operation, the bait bike was deployed once more," EPD said in a news release. "Word has gotten out on the street about the bait bike being in play around Eugene."

Braxton Lavell Walker-Holmes, 20, who is on felony probation for possession of methamphetamine, took the bike from a downtown location while on his way home to the Highway 99 area. Holmes was contacted by the detectives and his Lane County Parole and Probation officer and arrested for first degree theft.

As part of the downtown initiative, the department has been proactively conducting operations in the downtown area and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

"A bicycle is some people’s main mode of transportation and thus a possession of high value to them," the department said.

Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips from Eugene Police

With bicycle theft on the rise across Eugene, EPD wants to remind all bicycle owners of the importance of proper locking techniques, bicycle registration and reporting when your bicycle is stolen. A great first step to take is documentation. It is critical to document your serial number, take a photo and register your bicycle.
Presently, there are more than 7,000 bicycles registered with the Eugene Police Department and we would like to see all bicycles in Eugene registered! Though registration does not protect your bicycle from being stolen, it drastically increases your chances of recovery. Registration is fast and free for City of Eugene residents living in the incorporated area of Eugene. You can register your bicycle 24/7 via our website at: http://www.eugene-or.gov/bikeregistration. If you do not live in the incorporated area of Eugene, or live in another city, there are other alternatives mentioned in the link on our website.
Equally important as registration is the use of a quality U-lock and cable lock. No lock is undefeatable, but U-locks used along with cable locks, will provide much better protection than a cable lock alone. Many of the bicycle thefts reported to EPD involve no lock being used, or only a cable lock. Cable locks can be easily cut and do not provide adequate protection. The website link above also provides examples of how to properly lock your bicycle.
If your bike is stolen in Eugene, report it immediately to EPD. Be sure to provide specific details about your bike, including critical information such as the serial number. You can file a report by calling our non-emergency number at 541-682-5111 or online at: http://ceapps.eugene-or.gov/epdcoplogic/.
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