Seattle detectives launched an investigation after receiving a lead through the SPD’s Twitter account that a man was selling high-end bikes at deep discounts on Craigslist.
Update at 4:09 p.m.: Seattle police have posted photos of some of the stolen bicycles on the department’s website.
People who recognize their bicycles are asked to email SPD Detective Scotty Bach at Scotty.Bach@Seattle.gov. In order to claim a bike, owners will need to provide proof of ownership, like a purchase receipt, case number related to the theft or a photo clearly showing the owner with the bike, police said.
Original post: Seattle police have recovered more than two dozen stolen bicycles and arrested two men suspected of selling them on Craigslist.
Detectives launched an investigation after receiving a lead through the department’s Twitter account that a man was selling high-end bikes at deep discounts on Craigslist, according to police. Detectives found the seller was advertising at least 10 bikes online.
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Police said an undercover detective, posing as an interested buyer, set up a meeting with the seller.
The detective met the man around 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3rd Avenue and Stewart Street, where a suspect showed off one of his bikes, police said. The detective asked if he had any other bicycles.
The would-be seller directed the detective across the street, where a second suspect was waiting with another bike. The two men then took the detective to a nearby storage facility, where they had dozens of suspected stolen bikes.
The detective purchased a bike for $200, which was later determined to have been stolen.
Police arrested the two suspects and searched the storage unit, where they recovered 27 bikes — many high-end — as well as 30 or so pricey bike rims.