John Samson accused of stealing $169,000 worth of bicycles from Boulder and CU-Boulder campus

BOULDER, Colo. - A suspect already accused of stealing 43 high-end bicycles in Boulder now faces a new charge in the theft of seven bikes -- totaling $22,000 in value -- from the University of Colorado campus, CU Boulder Police said Wednesday.

The CU Boulder Police said they formally arrested 39-year-old John William Samson III on March 20 in the theft of high-end bicycles on campus over the past year. The seven bike thefts were charged under a single class-four felony theft, because the cumulative total loss of $22,000 carries the more serious charge and a higher potential penalty.

Samson was already in Boulder County Jail after Boulder Police Department investigators arrested him earlier this month on bike thefts in that city. He faces 40 charges on the city crimes, most of them for theft, along with burglary, trespassing of a dwelling and criminal mischief -- or property damage -- according to court records.

He remains in jail on $105,000 bond in the bike-theft cases.    

Boulder investigators believe Samson stole 43 bicycles from May 2013 until September 2013. The bikes are worth a total of approximately $147,000. The bicycles range in price from $700 to $9,000 each.

The majority of the thefts took place in the downtown business area during daylight hours. Most of the bikes were locked, either to bike racks or on vehicle racks. None of the stolen bikes have been recovered, and they have not shown up in area pawn shops, police said.

Several bicycles were stolen from the campus of Boulder High School, including five bikes belonging school's mountain bike team. Those bicycles had been stored in a locked trailer and were taken during the Boulder flood.

Investigators said victims include local residents, people traveling through Colorado on vacation and at least one victim who had driven to Boulder for a bike competition, only to find his bicycle stolen the day before he was to compete.

Brands of the stolen bikes include: Yeti; Santa Cruz; Transition; Titus; Felt; Scott; Specialized; Kona; Gary Fisher; Trek and Klein.

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