Medicine Hat, Alberta – Acting on complaints and tips from the public members of the Medicine Hat Police Service identified and dismantled a bicycle chop shop in the City.
On August 24, 2017 members of the Priority Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Pottery St SE and seized approximately $3,000 worth of bikes, frames, tires, rims and parts that had been stripped down, repainted and re-assembled for sale.
A 34-year-old male is in custody awaiting a bail hearing and facing charges of: trafficking in stolen property, possession for the purpose of trafficking in stolen property and breach of recognizance.
As a reminder to the public, the police encourage people to take proactive steps:
- Record your serial number and maintain a record of the serial number at home.
- Take a photo of your bike to assist with identification in the event it is missing.
- Use a lock that suits your needs –A small, lightweight cable lock is usually good enough for quick mid-ride stops. If you’re leaving your bike unattended all day, a heavy-duty chain that provides maximum security is recommended.
- Lock your bike and frame to an immovable object – For maximum security, your lock cable or chain should be long enough to wrap around the bike’s frame, both wheels, and whatever you are locking your bike to.
Medicine Hat Police Service