Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Progress reported in bike theft investigation

Police recover 10 stolen bicycles in Twin Falls


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Ketchum police reported Monday that 10 high-end bicycles stolen from Ketchum this year have been recovered in Twin Falls and investigators are hot on the trail of the suspected thieves.

"We believe it's a group of Twin Falls people responsible for these bike thefts," said Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins.

The Ketchum and Twin Falls police departments have been conducting a joint investigation since two bicycles were found by their owner in Twin Falls in October. Harkins said no arrests have been made but several suspects have now been identified and further investigation may lead to others.

"We haven't had any recent bike thefts since this group was identified," he said.

Forty-five bicycles have been reported stolen in Ketchum this year. All are high-end bikes, valued at between $2,000 and $5,000.

Harkins said some of the recovered bicycles were found at pawn shops in Twin Falls, while others were traced through advertisements placed on the Internet classified ad website craigslist.com. He said some of the bicycles "were disassembled and parted out."

Theft victims can contact the Ketchum Police Department at 726-7819 to see if their bicycles have been found.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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