Thanks to some detective work from the owner, an e-bike, stolen during a recent break and enter in Delta, has been recovered.
According to Delta Police, the owner reached out to police after they had seen what they believed to be the same bike, listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace.
The resident fortunately knew their bike well, and was able to identify several specific characteristics from the bike.
“Our Patrol Support Team, in conjunction with front line patrol officers, acted quickly on the information,” said Acting S/Sgt. Jason Boyce, who oversees the Patrol Support Team. “Police were able to set up a sting operation, and met up with the seller.”
At the same time as DPD recovered the bike, officers confirmed the identity of the suspect, and were able to execute two outstanding warrants on him. One warrant was for breach of probation, and another warrant was in regards to unlawfully possessing identification of another person. The suspect is considered to be a prolific property crime offender, say police.
Police say the suspect has yet to be charged in the stolen bike case as their investigation continues.
The suspect was arrested for the outstanding warrants and after making a first court appearance, was released from custody and is due back in court in early October.
“What was key in this case was that the rightful bike owner had significant information to help police correctly identify the bike,” added Boyce. “We recommend that bike owners register their bike through Garage 529, photograph their bike, and record any identifying information about the bike, such as serial numbers etc.”