property room. The first sting at the Safeway at 16th and Bryant didn't
snag anyone. The unchained bike just sat out there and nobody took it.
What the hell? But the second one on, on Feb. 18 at the Market Street
Safeway snagged, well, someone. A transient woman named Crystal
Ysip approached the bike, looked around in all directions for several seconds,
and then walked away with the bike down Market Street. (Ysip's attorney
Betsy Wolkin could not be reached for comment.) When Ysip had walked for about 20 feet, an undercover officer approached her:
"Hey that's my bike!
Give it back," the officer said.
"Fuck no! This is my friend's
bike," she said.
"That's my bike, ma'am, give it back," the
"This is not your bike. If you try and take it
back, I'll dust you!" Ysip threatened. This was getting exciting.
officer grabbed the bike with both hands and pulled it away, and Ysip
pulled back in what Corrales describes as a "tug of war." The officer
stopped pulling and insisted once more, "Give me my bike back, it
belongs to me."
Ysip replied, "This is my friend's bike. Fuck off
or I will dust you!"
Another undercover officer then approached
the two and said "That's my friend, give him his bike back." Ysip was obviously not intimidated by the two men, saying "I'm gonna dust the both
of you! This is my friend's bike." One of the officers and Ysip again
engaged in a purported tug-of-war over the bike, until the tugger revealed himself as a cop, pulling out his badge. Ysip pushed the bike toward one of the
officers and they took her into custody. It turned out she had an
outstanding warrant for possession of benzodiazepine for sale, says District Attorney
spokesman Brian Buckelew.
Ysip pleaded guilty to a
grand theft misdemeanor and was handed 15 days in county jail, three
years of probation, and a stay away order from Safeway. Corrales says this was the first time she'd been
caught stealing a bike. "I'm sure she had a lot of [bikes] but that's
the first time she got caught. Thanks to our master plan, we got this
arch bicycle thief off the streets."
Well, not really, she's already back out on the streets. Anyways, this arrest was brought to
you -- by proxy at least -- by Malcolm McMahon, and he's content. "The police are just doing
a bang-up job right now," he says.