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2 Bikes Stolen From Fremont Bart Station On Tuesday

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Two bicycles were stolen from the Fremont BART station on Tuesday, a day after officers detained a man they saw take a bag that didn’t belong to him from a bike at the same station, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a stolen Schwinn “Point Beach” seven-speed city bicycle at the Fremont BART station at 11:42 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The victim told police he parked his bike at 7 a.m. and secured it to the bike rack with a cable lock. Police said when he returned at 11:40 p.m., his bike was gone.

Officers also responded to a second report of a stolen Roadmaster mountain bike at the Fremont station at 6:26 p.m. Tuesday. The victim told police he parked the bike at 9 a.m. and secured it to the bike rack with a cable lock.

When the man came back at 6:15 p.m., his bike was no longer there, police said.

Officers working a special detail around 11:30 a.m. Monday saw a man approach a bike parked at the bike racks and remove a bag from the bike, police said.

Officers detained the man, who allegedly admitted to stealing the bag from the bike, which did not belong to him. Police arrested the man on suspicion of theft and booked him into jail.

According to the BART Bicycle Plan published in July 2012, bike thefts increased 20 percent from 2006 to 2011 and eight stations — including Fremont — accounted for half of the thefts.

In Fremont, there were 147 bike thefts in 2011, according to the BART report. More recent data was not immediately available.

Bike East Bay recently teamed up with BART to help stem the increase in bike thefts, according to the organization’s website.

Representatives from Bike East Bay have scheduled times they will set up tables at BART stations throughout the system during the evening commute over the next few months and through the summer of 2015.

Their website indicates they were at the Fremont BART station on Tuesday.

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