A man and a woman in Irvine were arrested on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly swiping a bicycle equipped with a GPS locator, police said Sunday.

Due to an increase in bicycle thefts, the Irvine Police Department has placed “bait” bikes equipped with GPS locators in different locations throughout the city, the department reported.

One such bike reeled in a couple at 8:49 a.m. Saturday in the area of Barranca Parkway and Paseo Westpark, police said.

A police dispatcher coordinated with officers to provide an updated location of the stolen bicycle. Police allegedly found it in the back of a Ford Fusion occupied by a man and a woman, who were arrested on suspicion of grand theft.

Police did not release the name of the man and woman.

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