Boise man faces 16 felonies after string of high-end bike thefts

January 27, 2014 

A 30-year-old Boise man faces 16 felony charges stemming from a series of high-end bicycle thefts last fall.

Luke Christopher Cross was extradited from Arizona to be charged with six grand thefts, eight counts of burglary with attempt to commit theft, and one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or instrument and malicious injury to property valued at more than $1,000 — all felonies. He also is charged with one count of misdemeanor theft.

Most of the bike thefts happened in the areas of East Boise and Boise State University, police said. He also is charged with breaking the front door of a local pawn shop and attempting to run over a shop employee during an attempt to sell a stolen bike in November.

After learning their suspect was in Arizona, Boise police worked with a U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Arizona and officers from the Mesa Police Department to apprehend Cross and extradite him to Idaho. Cross was booked into the Ada County Jail Friday afternoon and remained in jail Monday evening. He is scheduled for arraignment on the charges Tuesday afternoon.

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