Parents Weekend Nets Would-Be Bike Thief - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Parents Weekend Nets Would-Be Bike Thief

SPOKANE, Wash. – Of all the athletes to roam the campus of Gonzaga University, the name Barthel probably doesn't come to mind.  But maybe it should.

Gary and Debbie Barthel and an unidentified man helped nab a would-be bike thief during Parents weekend at Gonzaga University.

The unidentified man saw someone trying to steal his daughter's bike on Friday afternoon.  Witnesses say he chased the suspect along Spokane's Centennial Trail where the Barthel family noticed the incident and helped with the chase.

The suspect surrendered about a half mile away in the parking lot of a restaurant near campus.

"The bottom line is that people today don't want criminals to get away with it," said Debbie Barthel.

Police found an air gun, a knife and a pawn slip in the suspect's backpack.  Police say the suspect pawned a stolen bike earlier in the day.  Authorities plan to follow-up that investigation as well.

Campus security officers say the suspect had already been banned from campus for allegedly stealing bikes before.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed tot his report.

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