PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Two bike owners were reunited with their bikes on Tuesday following two brazen thefts in public places…
Police say at approximately 8:15 AM Tuesday morning, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a theft of a bike in progress at a convenience store near the corner of 15th Avenue and Central in Prince George. The bike was left unlocked for a few minutes when it was stolen.
Frontline officers attended the area to search for the male youth suspect. A short time later, the bike was located and recovered by the owners near the corner of Winnipeg Street and 20th Avenue. The suspect fled the scene and was not located.
“This shows how quickly a bike thief can disappear from the scene of the crime, even when the crime is reported right away” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “Within a few short minutes the thief, and the bike, can be halfway across town. The message here is that owners need to take steps to prevent their bikes from being stolen, even at a public place during daylight hours.”
At approximately 1:00 PM the same day, the Prince George RCMP received another report of a theft of a bicycle in progress, this time from the 300 block of Victoria Street in downtown Prince George. A member of the public witnessed a man cut the cable lock off a bike, and ride away. An accurate description was provided to frontline officers in the area.
Within a few short minutes, Supt. Brown and Insp. Wright, the Detachment Commander and Operations Officer for the Prince George Detachment, observed a male matching the description of the suspect approaching the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Dominion Street on a bike. The two officers activated the emergency lights in the unmarked police vehicle and attempted to stop the male. The male fled into a near-by parking lot where he was cornered and taken into custody without further incident. The bike was confirmed to have been the one stolen minutes before.
The 54 year old male suspect was released on a Promise to Appear for court May 29th, 2019. He used with an old pair of pliers to cut the cable lock in just a few seconds. The Kona brand bicycle was returned to its owner.
“The Prince George RCMP already have had 28 bicycles reported stolen so far in 2019” says Cpl. Craig Douglass. “Some were locked, some were not. Some were in sheds, some were taken from living rooms during a break & enter. No matter where you store your bike, it should always be locked with a high quality bike lock.”
This will be the fourth biking season that the Prince George RCMP will partner with Project 529 and their bike registry APP, 529 Garage. In approximately two-thirds of reported bike thefts, the serial number is never provided, making it very difficult to determine a bike is stolen. The 529 Garage APP is FREE to use and keeps track of all your bikes essential information including make, model and serial number. For more information, go to http://www.project529.com.
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