A juvenile who Brookline Police say swiped the department’s “bait bike” Saturday was caught after he crashed the bike and then tried to get away on foot.
Brookline Police said the juvenile, who is from Boston, was caught Saturday night after the GPS unit on the department’s bait bike activated just before 7 p.m.
The bike is equipped with a GPS tracker and a system that notifies police when it is moved. Brookline Police began using the bike frequently over the summer in an attempt to catch bike thieves and deter other bicycle thefts.
According to a police report, Brookline Police locked the bike to a sign pole at the intersection of Greenough Street and Davis Avenue near Brookline High School early Saturday. When the GPS unit activated Saturday night, Brookline Police responded and spotted the juvenile on the bike, who made a U-turn in what police said was an effort to evade being seen.
Police pursued the bike, and after making a sharp turn onto Griggs Road the juvenile crashed the bike, falling over the handle bars and cutting his lip and forehead. He then fled on foot and was able to briefly elude police before he was caught on Washington Street, police said.
A back pack that the juvenile threw over a fence during the chase was recovered by police and contained a set of bolt cutters, according to the police report.
Police said the juvenile is being charged with larceny of property over $250, possession of burglarious tools and resisting arrest.