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mds0725 05-10-09 01:13 AM

Bicycle thiefs arrested trying to sell a stolen bike on Craig's List
 
Below is a stolen bicycle story from the Bellingham (Washington) Herald with a happy ending (sort of; the bike is being held by the police as evidence for now). Perhaps the moral of this story is that if the unthinkable happens and your bike gets stolen, look for it diligently on Craig's List.

May, 8, 2009
Craigslist ad leads Bellingham police to alleged bike thieves
ISABELLE DILLS / THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM — Two Bellingham men were arrested Thursday, May 7, after police discovered the pair had been stealing bicycles and selling them on Craigslist.

The investigation began when a woman, whose mountain bike had been stolen, told Bellingham Police she thought she saw the bicycle for sale on Craigslist, said Mark Young, police spokesman. An officer went to the Web site, tracked down the listing and saw the bike being offered for $1,500. The ad included a picture that matched the description of the woman’s bicycle, Young said.

The police officer called the phone number provided in the listing and set up a time with the seller to buy the bike.

The officer drove an unmarked patrol car to a local shopping center where he met Jeremy Randall Schuitema, 22, who came to the meeting riding the bike, Young said. The officer checked the serial number, which matched that of the woman’s missing mountain bike.

Schuitema was arrested. Further investigation led police to take David Jordan McDonough, 19, into custody as well, Young said. The pair eventually led police to their apartment where five other stolen bikes were found. All of the bikes were impounded as evidence.

The bikes had been stolen from a variety of locations, including a fenced backyard on Nevada Street and the bicycle rack at the Community Food Co-op on Forest Street, Young said.

Police do not know how long the pair had been running the operation or how much money had been made.

Schuitema and McDonough were booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of two counts of first-degree possession of stolen property, four counts of second-degree possession of stolen property and first-degree trafficking of stolen property.

David13 05-10-09 09:11 AM

That's a good deal from the Bellingham, Washington Police Dept., but most local yokel cops won't pay any attention to you.
dc

mds0725 05-10-09 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by David13 (Post 8890281)
That's a good deal from the Bellingham, Washington Police Dept., but most local yokel cops won't pay any attention to you.
dc

Then maybe the true moral of the story is to move to Bellingham Washington.

craigR 05-10-09 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by mds0725 (Post 8891893)
Then maybe the true moral of the story is to move to Bellingham Washington.

No thanks. I suppose for those of us that like the sun, yokel cops will just have to do. :thumb:

CCrew 05-10-09 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by David13 (Post 8890281)
That's a good deal from the Bellingham, Washington Police Dept., but most local yokel cops won't pay any attention to you.
dc

My experience is that the basis for the arrest pretty much needs to be handed to them, which appears to be this case here also. I went through something similar with eBay. Had the guy dead to rights, and the whole thing laid out before I could get the cops to even look at it.

Condorita 05-10-09 07:35 PM

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bicycle thieves arrested trying to sell a stolen bike on craig's list
ftfy

mds0725 05-10-09 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Condorita (Post 8892849)
ftfy

tnx. Cool Harpo Marx avatar.

folder fanatic 05-12-09 12:42 PM

I am pleased that the Bellingham Police Department is still on the ball and actually solving crime rather than just being another example of a highly overpaid paper shufflers that most police departments have been reduced to. Thirty years ago they solved a crime that baffled the big city Los Angeles PD. It was the infamous Hillside Strangler case of the late 1970s. It took just 24 hours to crack the case with a just a single patrol officer and a part time detective when one of the killers wandered up there and killed a young woman. Their actions brought peace and comfort to the loved ones of the victims (like me).


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