SAN RAFAEL – According to a Press Release by the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD), a would-be thief of a high-end bicycle was arrested during a sting operation. The department launched the operation by the Special Operations Unit (SOU) in response to reported bicycle thefts in the vicinity of downtown San Rafael.
The sting was set up outside a Walgreens in the 800 block of Third Street. A bicycle valued at over $2,000 was locked with a cable lock to a handrail in front of the store. On Friday, April 3, officers observed a person known to them approach the bike five times within a thirty minute period.
Eventually the man stopped about fifteen feet from the bike, looked around to make sure no one was watching, and removed bolt cutters from the front of his pants. The subject cut through the lock, got onto the bike and rode away eastbound on Third Street. The suspect was stopped at the corner of Fourth Street and Cijos Street where SRPD Officers arrested him. Officers had watched and video recorded the theft.
The suspect was identified as Bryan Scott Parrish, a 26-year-old resident of San Rafael. He was booked at the Marin County Jail for grand theft, possession of burglary tools, and probation violations.
Parrish is no stranger to either bicycles or local law enforcement. His self reported occupation is bicycle repairman. And after he was booked, Parrish wasted no time when released on $10,000 bail. He was arrested on Tuesday, April 7, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. In 2014, he was arrested several times on various drug and paraphernalia possession charges, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. On June 9 of that year he was charged with pc 452(c) – setting a fire to a structure or forest land. Further details of that incident were not available.
The principal duties of the San Rafael Special Operations Unit address quality of life issues in the downtown area of San Rafael, as well as its open space areas. A Police Sergeant, three Police Officers, two Open Space Park Rangers, and a Mental Health Outreach Liaison staff the unit.