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Bike thief busted during Santa Cruz County sting operation

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Santa Cruz County is known to have a major bike theft problem. 

On Friday, detectives with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office fell victim to a bike thief, only this bike was able to tell them where it went. 

Suspected bike thief, Kelly Ostlund was caught stealing one of the bikes detectives purposely placed in the county. 

"The sting operation is intended to reduce such thefts in our communities. We recognize the importance of protecting personal property and are working to improve the security of your belongings," said the Sheriff's Office. 

Bike riders should remember to use a high-quality lock to secure bikes when unattended. 


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