Man suspected of stealing $147K in bikes From Denver, Boulder arrested

Police: 43 bicycles taken by John Samson

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder Police said they arrested a man accused in a series of high-end bicycle thefts from the downtown Denver and Boulder areas.

John William Samson III, 38, faces 34 counts of theft, one count of third degree burglary, one count of criminal trespass and one count of criminal mischief, according to the Boulder Police Department.

Investigators believe Samson is responsible for the thefts of 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.

Samson is currently being held at the Boulder County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Detectives said they are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information about these thefts was asked to contact Detective Craig Beckjord at 303-441-3336. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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