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      Metro bike thefts deterred by use of decoys

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro police say their new tactics against crime have led to dozens of arrests of potential bicycle thieves and robbery suspects.

      Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn said in a news release that police are doing a great job in addressing crime and keeping customers safe. Other arrests have been for simple assault and drug and weapons possession.

      Police say on Monday night, a teenager was arrested after trying to take a bicycle parked outside of the Prince George's Plaza station. The bicycle actually was a decoy owned by authorities and police in plain clothes were nearby.

      Officials say the new tactics were put into use about a month ago. Yet authorities are asking people to remain cautious and take steps to protect themselves and their property.