High-end bicycle thefts in Boulder throughout 2013

BOULDER - Boulder police believe a series of high-end bicycle thefts throughout 2013 are the work of one suspect or group of suspects.

The crooks take both road and mountain bikes, police spokeswoman Kim Kobel announced. So far, none of the stolen bikes have been recovered.

"The longer we investigate this, the more bikes we realize our involved in this,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

She added that some of the stolen brands include Giant, Yeti, Specialized and Cannondale.

Teenager Will Sternberg’s stolen bike may be part of the theft ring. His $900 dollar stunt bike was stolen from outside of the Community Cycles bike shop in Boulder while it was locked to a rack.

"I wanted it for two years" said 14-year-old Sternberg.  "It's the only thing I wanted for my birthday and Christmas."

Sternberg paid for the bike using Christmas and birthday money and mowed lawns to raise the funds.

"I was in shock for about a week.  I just couldn't believe that the bike was stolen," said the teenager.

Boulder police tell 7NEWS investigators aren’t quite sure where the stolen bikes are being taken.  The bicycles are not appearing in pawn shops or on-line sales sites like Craigslist.

"I'm really sad that someone would take my bike," Sternberg said.

Most of the bikes were taken from vehicle roof mounts, hitch racks or racks mounted in truck beds. Kobel says they were taken with bolt cutters or wire cutters that sliced through the owners' cable or U-locks.

Kobel said the bikes were taken from vehicles parked in downtown, in parking garages and in neighborhoods like Goss Grove and Frasier Meadows. Some of the victims are residents of Boulder, others were tourists visiting during the spring and summer.

While none of the bikes were recovered, detectives did find bike accessories related to these crimes. They include pumps, tools, saddle bags and cyclometers.

Police shared photos of some of the accessories and ask anyone who recognizes the items to contact Detective Craig Beckjord at beckjordc@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-3336. Additionally, anyone who has had a bike stolen in this manner should also contact the detective.

Alternatively, anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), 1-800-444-3776 or crimeshurt.com.

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