Public meetings have been scheduled in Ketchum and Hailey next week in a joint police and community effort to put and end to a rash of bike thefts.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum. The second will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.
The events are being organized by Ketchum police Sgt. Dave Kassner and bike enthusiast Marc Driver in conjunction with the Wood River Bike Coalition.
"What we want to do is make it into a community project to stop bike thefts in the future," Kassner said.
He said bike registration from Ketchum and Hailey police will be available at both events and information will be presented on how to protect bikes from theft.
Most of the thefts have involved expensive bicycles in Ketchum. According to Ketchum police, 45 high-end bikes have been stolen in the city in 2010. Only two have been recovered, both of them recently in Twin Falls.
Ketchum police are continuing their investigation.
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