Warrant issued for suspected bike thief at the University of Colorado at Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - Police say a woman with a long criminal record is wanted for stealing a $600 mountain bike at CU-Boulder and selling it to a pawn shop.

A CU student told campus police he locked his bike to a rack outside the Biotechnology Building on Oct. 18 around noon.

When he returned two hours later, the bike was gone.

Because the student knew his bike's serial number, investigators were able to track the bike to a pawn shop in Longmont.

"In this case, a key to recovering the bike was the fact that the student knew his serial number," said CU Police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher. "Without a serial number. it's nearly impossible to reunite stolen property with its owner. The simple step of registering your bike can save you from potential hassles down the road."

Police say Lisa Nicole Hoffman (alias Lisa Jones) signed the pawn slip saying the bike was hers. An arrest warrant has been issued for Hoffman on suspicion of theft and providing false information to a pawn broker. Anyone with tips on Hoffman’s whereabouts is asked to call UCPD Detective Paul Davis at 303-492-3459.

The bike was returned to its owner.

Bike theft is the No. 1 crime on the CU campus. Some 162 bikes were stolen at CU last year. That's down from 326 in 2010.

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