Cycling Thread XIII — Page 64 —

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Wolf Amongst The Sheep Story About Your $20,000 Problem With Bikes

Last month police executed a warrant for a in a middle class neighborhood in they were searching for bikes. The house belonged to a his wife and children — average nuclear family. stood out about the property, a kept house with a car parked in the driveway, that alert you to any wrongdoing within. to his kids’ pedal bikes in the hung the owner’s mountain next to that police roughly $20,000 of suspected bike parts.

The Evidence

In the previous to the bust, police had two separate calls about bikes. One came from the Endless Biking, where a and grab had left them their cashbox, computer and one Mountain Element. The second came from Tom whose bike had also been Dedicated to finding his bike, Tom the usual Internet hotspots for bikes sales and found his for sale under multiple on Pinkbike.

With collaboration between Vancouver RCMP and Pinkbike, it was that the multiple usernames, listing international locations, all to one IP address and one location. Using information police obtained a to search the premises, expecting would find Tom’s bike parts.

Constable Vunic describes what he saw entering the suspect’s garage, was a corner with ten or twelve forks, a pile of twenty or wheels – Chris King DT Swiss, you name it, it was there. were Tupperware full of and shifters, a closet full of frames – which I’m guessing had stripped down and he hadn’t had a to dispose of yet. But”, he “The first thing caught my eye was the Rocky Mountain was taken from Endless because I knew that and I knew that it had been

The Crime

From the evidence the police surmised that the was purchasing stolen bikes petty thieves and drug stripping the valuable components them and disposing of the frames, as were the only traceable He would then organize the brakes, wheels, forks and the into labeled bins, and racks, before listing and the parts through multiple on

The suspect claimed, not knowing it was stolen, he had purchased the Mountain Element for $1200 on Police have since another man, who was already to them, for the break-in at Endless They feel that it is likely that this paid roughly $300-$400 to the criminal for it, expecting to make an $1800 profit from the XTR This is just one example of appears to have been a running bike theft

The Suspect

“He looks like a guy or business man,” says Vunic, “I would never of him as a bike thief, I think of a thief as a street person who is through alleys and looking for an to steal from someone.” The criminal claimed that had simply stumbled onto his His defence became that he was an biker and as a favourite pastime he used bikes on Craigslist, the valuable components from and resold them for a profit on “The accused knows his he knows all the parts, and he knows value of an XTR derailleur or any other By looking at his collection, he’s been doing it for years.”

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A of his ‘for sale’ posts on showed that he was careful to similar items by a marginal helping him to sell quickly but not suspicion. He never met the purchasers in even though they often from the same he used a courier for deliveries.

Police admit that suspect was not on their radar, some of the people associated the stolen goods in his possession are bike thieves (police that based on the volume of end parts in his possession he had multiple working for him). The racket he had going on was kept so low key that it is that anyone outside of his family had any idea about it.


Is this man a criminal mastermind or a bike enthusiast whose mistake was maintaining multiple user accounts and disposing of frames? We may never know. “It can sense, he says his hobby was to buy and sell them,” says Vunic who is doubtful of suspect’s

A conviction of possession of stolen over $5000 carries time. Crown Counsel be able to prove the case a reasonable doubt in order to a crime and without traceable unfortunately there is was not enough to proceed. And so they chose not to lay against the accused. Worse says Const. Vunic, “we had to all the parts [except for the Rocky Element], which is horrible”. with thousands of dollars of untraceable product it is easy to innocence – and ignorance — in the of the law. “He played stupid.”

At the end of the even if he is innocent and he is telling the his actions are still keeping thieves in business. His only was listing the parts from one at the same time through Pinkbike accounts; even so had it not for an overzealous bike owner, his might have gone for many more years. mountain bikers buy mountain components and he is essentially laundering so that we are unknowingly purchasing parts. As a self-described mountain he is among us and is one of us. “I have no doubt when this is posted on he will see it.”

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