ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Ashland Police Department bought a bicycle worth $1,500 to use as a "bait bike" to catch thieves.

The department has used lower-value bait bikes, but Deputy Chief Tighe O'Meara says using a bike worth more than $1,000 makes its theft a felony with a possible 5-year sentence.

O'Meara tells the Mail Tribune police hope to catch higher-level criminals in organized operations that target expensive bikes.

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