Stolen Bikes Recovered & Magpie Swoops Again26 Mar 2018
A house in Coventry was recently visited by CID officers from West Midlands Police following a tip-off and 11 stolen bikes were found.
PC Peter Ormond, from Coventry’s Operation Magpie team, which has reunited a number of stolen bikes to their owners, was contacted to help in the recovery of these latest stolen cycles.
Two of the bikes were found to be registered on national cycle database BikeRegister (http://www.bikeregister.com) and their owners were contacted and the bikes returned to them.
PC Ormond said: “One bike had been stolen in Warwickshire in May 2017 and was reported ‘lost’ on BikeRegister. It is likely it had been sold on and stolen again! The other bike was stolen the night before the police visit to the Coventry house in March 2018, from a location near to where the bikes were found.
“Neither bike had been marked but they have now, and the owners have been shown the effectiveness of the BikeRegister UV marking. The bikes were registered during our regular registration and advice sessions held at Warwick University in Coventry. So, we have two very happy university students!”
Three of the other bikes recovered were identified through a Coventry Police Facebook appeal and those bikes have all now been identified and returned to their owners, all fully marked and registered on BikeRegister.
Two youths have been arrested for these offences and have been released on bail while investigations continue.
All officers involved were issued with a BikeRegister certificate and pin badge for their commitment to reducing cycle crime.
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