Last week, San Diego sheriff’s deputies and investigators arrested 38-year-old Ismael Sanchez Carrillo for attempted grand theft in front of the Hall of Justice at 330 West Broadway.
During the past six weeks, jurors and court staff members have reported the thefts of at least four bicycles from near the front steps of the downtown courthouse.
“There were many similarities amongst the thefts, including the time of day that they occurred,” said Sgt. Dave Brown in a press release.
Deputies decided to lure their perpetrator by using a decoy bicycle. Undercover and uniformed deputies and detectives who worked at the courthouse were positioned nearby and out of view while, “maintaining observation of the decoy bicycle.”
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, Sanchez was seen approaching the bicycle with bolt cutters. Witnesses who saw him cut the locked cable confronted him. Sanchez attempted to get away and deputies caught up with him a few blocks away.
Upon his arrest, it was discovered that Sanchez was on probation for theft-related charges, according to the press release.