Two high-end mountain bikes stolen late last week were recovered by the Kamloops RCMP during two separate occurrences.
On Thursday, Aug. 5, around 7:35 a.m., a member of the Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s Street Patrol Unit was on the 600-block of Seymour Street when they observed a man on a high-end mountain bike; a cut lock was still attached to its wheel. The man denied ownership of the bike and it was seized by police for investigation.
A couple of hours later, police received a report of two bikes with a combined value of about $18,000, stolen from a vehicle parked on the 100-block of Lorne Street. The serial number for one matched that of the bike recovered and it was returned to its rightful owner.
On Saturday, Aug. 7, around 5:15 p.m., the second bike was located by members of the Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU). Officers were conducting foot patrols in the area of Victoria Street West when they saw a man riding a bike they believed to be the second one that was stolen.
A check of the serial number confirmed it to be so and it was seized by police. The man was released, pending further investigation.
“The rider on the second bike claimed to have purchased it for $2,000 a couple of days earlier and admitted to police that the deal seemed too good to be true,” said Const. Crystal Evelyn.
“Luckily, thanks to the proactive patrols and the information provided to police, the bikes were returned to their rightful owner. Unfortunately for the person who bought the second bike, they’re out of pocket for the stolen goods. If your gut is telling you it’s too good to be true, listen.”
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-26956.