SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Using surveillance video and an extensive follow-up, a Santa Barbara police officer was able to track down a suspect after a top-of-the-line bicycle was taken from a Funk Zone shop.
The theft took place on September 6, during daytime operations at Hazard's Cyclesport on 110 Anacapa St.
Taken was a Specialized S-Works Tarmac Carbon Fiber bike valued at $12,500.
The suspect was located two days later after an investigation led police to an Eastside Santa Barbara address just minutes from the store.
Santa Barbara Police Department Public Engagement Manager Anthony Wagner said, as the arrest was taking place, the bike was in the process of being altered by having the serial numbers painted over.
He said during the theft, the suspect, a 19-year-old, had trouble getting the bike into his car and ended up riding it home. Then, police say, the suspect came back on another bike, put that in his car at the scene and drove away.
Evidence from the store and neighboring business cameras helped to verify the crime, suspect and timeline of actions.
"Multiple pieces of evidence linked the suspect back to the scene of the crime," said Wagner.
Felony charges are expected to be filed by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office with a possible enhancement of this crime taking place during an emergency situation.