A Santa Clara man was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail for bicycle theft cases in Sausalito and Tiburon.

George Jae Lee, 46, was also placed on probation for three years and agreed to waive his rights against warrantless random searches by police.

Lee has been in custody at the Marin County Jail since Feb. 14, when he was arrested by a Sausalito police officer who found him hiding in some bushes with a pair of bolt cutters. The officer remembered Lee as a prior bike and auto theft suspect and determined that he had numerous arrest warrants pending from Santa Clara County.

The incident was Lee's second arrest in Marin since July 2013, when Tiburon police conducted a sting operation to find a man suspected of stealing high-end bicycles throughout Southern Marin. Lee was arrested after cutting the lock off an decoy bike that police had placed under surveillance.

Lee accepted a plea deal and admitted to charges of bike theft and attempted bike theft for the Tiburon and Sausalito cases, Marin County Deputy District Attorney Leon Kousharian said.

Lee was sentenced by Judge David Herrick in Marin Superior Court. Lee's public defender, Christine O'Hanlon, said Lee lost his job because of depression-related attendance problems, and later began using drugs.


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By Gary Klien, The Marin Independent Journal,

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