Bike theft suspect with violent history arrested in Arizona, Boise police say

December 18, 2013 

Luke Christopher Cross

Idaho authorities will seek to extradite a man Boise police were seeking in connection with a series of high-end bike thefts after his arrest in Arizona.

Luke Christopher Cross, 29, known to reside in Boise and Burley, was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Mesa, police said. Boise police thanked the U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Arizona and officers from the Mesa Police Department's Superstition Patrol Division for their help.

Cross faces felony counts of grand theft, aggravated assault and malicious injury to property.

Cross tried to sell a stolen bike at a local pawn shop Nov. 1, police said. After an employee recognized the bike as stolen, witnesses said Cross broke a large glass door trying to leave the store before police arrived, then drove his vehicle in an attempt to hit a store employee who chased after the suspect in the parking lot.

Officers said they have evidence the most recent rash of bike thefts connected to the suspect began in mid-September, and investigators believe the thefts are drug related.

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