Unlocked bike not enticement to steal

October 29, 2008 4:28:48 AM PDT
The Dutch Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a bicycle thief who stole a decoy bike planted by police.

Lawyers for the convicted thief - a repeat offender who was sentenced to 22 days in jail - had argued that leaving the bike unlocked amounted to entrapment. But the five-judge court has rejected that, saying the man wasn't personally targeted.

His name has not been released.

Police arrested him in Deventer in March 2006 after he took a bike they left near a train station that was being plagued by thefts.

Tuesday's court ruling said placing an unlocked decoy bike didn't make the suspect do anything he had not intended doing beforehand.