Crime

Alleged SLO bike thief arrested after confrontation with owner

Jeremy Christensen, 42, of Templeton was arrested Tuesday, June 7, 2016, on suspicion of grand theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of paraphernalia.
Jeremy Christensen, 42, of Templeton was arrested Tuesday, June 7, 2016, on suspicion of grand theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of paraphernalia. Courtesy of the San Luis Obispo Police Department

A man suspected of stealing a $5,000 bicycle was arrested Tuesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo after the bike’s owner caught and restrained him.

Police responded to reports of a physical altercation near Broad Street and El Capitan Way about 3 p.m., according to a San Luis Obispo Police Department news release. Officers found Jeremy Christensen, 42, of Templeton being restrained by the bike owner.

The owner accused Christensen of attempting to steal his bike after being alerted by two people who allegedly observed the theft. After confronting Christensen, the owner and a witness attempted to prevent him from fleeing until police arrived.

Officers say they found Christensen to be in possession of bolt cutters, which he allegedly used to break the lock securing the bike to a rack on the owner’s vehicle. Police also allegedly discovered a hypodermic needle.

Christensen was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of paraphernalia. He was being held at San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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