Santa Ana River Trail Safer for Cyclists With Bike Robbery Busts

Categories: Crime-iny
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You're used to reading (and we're used to writing) about crimes on the mean streets of Santa Ana. Who knew baddies prey on unsuspecting cyclists plying the Santa Ana River Trail? Cyclists know, as does the Santa Ana Police Department, which posted some good news on various bicycling forums recently.

During the past two months there have been several robberies on the Santa Ana Riverbed in Santa Ana between 17th Street and Edinger. The robbers mostly target lone riders, usually between 6PM and 8PM. The good news is that on Sunday, February 6th, three of the robbers were caught. We showed their photos to some of the other victims who identified them as being responsible in multiple robberies. SAPD is confident that the primary robbery suspects are in custody. That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours.

A Santa Ana Police detective reportedly told Examiner.com's LA cycling writer Edward Rubinstein that the busts already resulted in two cyclists being reunited with their ripped-off bikes.

As for future jaunts along gang-adjacent territory, anyone know if Gatling guns attach to handlebars?

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13 comments
James Crowley
James Crowley

Just carry a pistol. Not like the cops are searching cyclists on the santa ana river trail. I don't but usually carry large knife when i mountain bike to give me a miniscule chance if a mountain lion tries something. 

Pat Shein
Pat Shein

Some good news on the cyclist robberies that occurred on the Santa Ana River Trail a few weeks ago.  Hopefully the police will continue to monitor the situation so this isn't repeated.

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

My bike has 2 Hellfire missles, 30mm Bushmaster chain gun, Lojack, Hatchet launcher, Napalm sprayer and Sirius radio.  I only ride it at night.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"That said, the riverbed borders several gang territories, so riders should use appropriate caution and when possible, ride in pairs during evening hours."

I love their honesty.  SAPD should post a similar sign all around the entrances to SA: "Warning! Danger! Enter at own risk!"

Anon
Anon

Gangbangers reach new levels of douchebaggery on an almost weekly basis in the OC it seems.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

It takes a real specimen of doucehbaggery to steal someone's ride. But modern thieves should consider themselves fortunate...in the old west stealing a horse was punishable by hanging!

909Jeff
909Jeff

No gatling guns but Sabre does make a pepper spray mount. 

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

I open carry a Kimber CDP 45 acp open carry where I live.  Never had a problem.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Why? Those of us who know better would ignore the signs, and the bone-stick-stone stupidity of the pre-FB-era OC Register comments section wouldn't allow them to get close enough ever to see them.

Sgtortiz641
Sgtortiz641

My bike was stolen when I was a kid and it really sucked because I delivered the Register after school on it.  Theives suck.

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