Arrest leads Penticton police to cache of stolen mountain bikes

FILE PHOTO - RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, shown with a number of stolen bikes the detachment recovered earlier in the summer, says the Targetted Enforcement Unit was successful in finding a number of stolen high end mountain bikes in the city last week.

PENTICTON - Penticton RCMP’s Targetted Enforcement Unit was successful in recovering a number of stolen bikes last week.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says the enforcement team arrested a 30-year-old Penticton man for possession of a high-end mountain bike stolen out of Kelowna last Tuesday, Aug. 27.

That arrest led police to a downtown residence where police found $14,000 worth of stolen high-end mountain bikes.

While making patrols on Van Horne Street Tuesday, police witnessed two men and a woman in front of a Van Horne residence with three expensive mountain bikes.

The Van Horne residence was known to police, who were also looking for four mountain bikes reported stolen the previous night.

A red Specialized Crave mountain bike was in possession of one of the men, which was found to have been stolen from Peachland on Aug.12.

The man was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. He was released on a promise to appear.

Police then attended the residence of the man in possession of the stolen bike, leading them to Eckhardt Avenue where they found several high end mountain bikes in a shed.

The bikes came from all over the Okanagan Valley, Wrigglesworth says.

Police continue to ask bike owners to be vigilant with their property and record serial numbers of their bikes.

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