This story came from a newspaper in Grantham, on 30 September 2010:

“A FORMER drug addict pleaded guilty at Grantham Magistrates’ Court to 
stealing a bicycle.

The owner of the bike discovered it in a second-hand shop in Grantham three days after it was stolen from a friend’s house in Stamford Street. He called the police and the shop owner told officers the seller was Julie Kavanagh, 38, of Riverside, Grantham. Kavanagh claimed she found the bike abandoned in Trent Road before selling it for £20.”

 

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“According to newspaper reports, a burglar was doing a job in a bicycle shop in Lompoc, Caifornia, and fell through the ceiling.

24-year-old Santiago Alvarado , had been holding the torch he was using in his mouth to free his hands for use in carrying out his intentions.

Such a fall would not normally be fatal, but the torch rammed into his skull when he hit the floor’.

From “Stupid things Men Do’


This article was published on 02.16.06.

Anon Source

US Local police departments are amassing an ever-expanding arsenal of high-tech tools to fight crime. DNA helps track down murderers and rapists. Tasers, beanbag guns, pepper spray and other “non-lethal” weapons can subdue violent, drugged-up suspects, as well as the occasional anarchist protester.

Back in mid-January, Jason Cecchettini’s girlfriend’s truck was broken into near her Curtis Park home. Unfortunately for the crooks, they picked on the wrong person. Cecchettini was sure that a thief was targeting the neighborhood and that, if tempted, the villain would strike again. With the help of the Sacramento Police Department, he laid a trap.

The next evening, Cecchettini placed a fancy bike, unlocked, on the back of his pickup truck in front of his girlfriend’s house at midnight. By 1:30 a.m., the bike was gone, stolen from the back of the truck.

What the thief didn’t know was that the bike was a special “bait bike” of Cecchettini’s own design. It was equipped with a tiny radio transmitter.

Using radio receivers tuned to the special frequency that the bike was transmitting into the air, the cops were able to pinpoint the exact location of the thief–only about a mile away from where the bike was stolen–within minutes. They dispensed a little shock and awe while they were at it; a Sacramento Police Department helicopter, equipped with a tracking receiver, was dispatched to hover over the house until patrol cars arrived.

No doubt discombobulated by the thundering swish of the helicopter blades and the blinding searchlights raking the house, the suspect tried unsuccessfully to stash the bike, Cecchettini said.

Cecchettini tagged along with the officers, tracking the signal to a back bedroom of the house. There he found what he was looking for.

“I noticed the bed was pretty lumpy. I pulled back the covers, and there she was.” Apparently, it was the best the thief could do on such short notice. “I guess he didn’t have time to stuff it in the attic,” Cecchettini observed.

The suspect also had the telltale green “clue spray” on the palms of his hands. The powder only shows up under an ultraviolet light of a particular wavelength.

Caught red-handed, the suspect was arrested and sent to Jail.


A thief was caught red-handed,  – when he left his finger at the crime scene.

Officers bagged it and took it to hospital, where they found the man waiting for treatment.

But the 20-year-old faces a grilling when he comes out of surgery.


www.littermag.com/videos/bikethief.html

Check out this video.. but be warned, the motorist uses a mobile phone whilst driving…. a No No!


From the Independent 24/8/08:-

Among residents of the trendy art and design district in Toronto, it was hardly a secret that the bearded man who owned the Bike Clinic on Queen Street was a bit of a renegade. The police had an idea he might be up to no good too. But the day they finally raided his shop brought more than a few surprises. 2,865 of them in fact.

This is the staggering number of bicycles that detectives discovered stashed not just in the shop on two floors but in several other garages that its mysterious owner, Igor Kenk, had rented around the city.

The police were spurred into action when bicycle thefts in Toronto surged in June. They put out bait – a bicycle on the street. Mr Kenk and a friend were seen passing by. The friend was later seen slicing the locks of two other bikes near by.

So crammed was the second floor with two-wheelers, that firefighters were obliged to remove the windows and begin lowering bikes one by one to the street with a rope.

Finally, all the models were put inside an old police garage, the doors flung open and people told, “Come and get ’em”.


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