NBC news investigative reporting team in Los Angeles used their news helicopter to track a bike thief and hit pay dirt when they located a home with dozens of apparently stolen bikes.
NBC 4 in Los Angeles reports that bike theft is up dramatically throughout the Los Angeles area. Bike thefts are up 132% in Burbank, 137% in Long Beach, 201% in North Hollywood, and 230% in Santa Monica.
They hid a GPS tracker in a bicycle and locked it up at the North Hollywood Metro Station. A hidden camera showed the bike thief defeating the cable lock within 16 seconds. When the GPS device texted an alert to the news producer, they went to follow the thief on the stolen bike to a house in Sun Valley.
They then flew their news helicopter over the home and shot video of dozens of bikes in the backyard. The news journalists showed that video to the police, who moved in and confiscated the bikes. The suspect, Juan, admitted to police that he bought and stole bikes that he thought might be stolen.