Cops arrest man near Venice Skate Park for stealing “bait bicycle”


A 51-year-old man was arrested in Venice on Saturday, Aug. 16 after being caught stealing a “bait bicycle” under the surveillance of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were assigned to the downtown area of Santa Monica were monitoring the movements of a “bait bicycle” at 3 pm on this day.

The bicycle had been electronically tagged in a fashion that allowed the officers to receive pings from its transponder that pinpointed its position every 10 seconds.

The “bait bicycle” had originally been placed in the 1500 block of Alley Number One in Santa Monica when it was taken.

The officers noticed that it was, at the above time, traveling southbound in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk – this information was then relayed to other officers who were on beach patrol at that time.

These beach patrol officers were then able to locate the bicycle that was at that time being ridden by the described suspect through the Venice Skate Park.

The officers detained the suspect Mark Duane Guill, 51, and then arrested him  (whose place of residence was not know to us at the time this report was compiled). Guill was charged with possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $20,000.