CrimeTracker 15: Stolen Bike Recovered

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 --- 5:10 p.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type:

Incident Date:
03/12/2012 - 9:43 AM

E. Gorham St.

Kevin Barker, age 52, Madison
Mr. Barker was arrested for Theft and Fraudulent Writings.

A Gorham Street resident got his $450 Trek Bodega bicycle back last week after patrol officers, working with a detective, and a new Madison ordinance were able to recover it from a pawn shop.

The Bodega was swiped from a Gorham Street porch on the morning of March 12th. A 23-year old man – a roommate to the two-wheeler’s owner – witnessed the crime. He gave chase, but - no thanks to a pair of floppy slippers - his speed that morning was not such that he could catch the man peddling away. However, the citizen did get a very good description of the suspect, which he provided to the MPD.

Fast-forward to March 21st: a 25-year old woman witnesses a thief stealing a neighbor’s bike from behind a home in the 200 block of S. Bassett St. She is also able to provide a good description to responding officers, and they are able to track down and arrest a suspect. The bike was returned to its’ owner.

When the officer who took the Bodega report heard the description of the man who stole the bike on Bassett, it rang a bell.

A detective plugged the suspect’s name into the new secondhand dealer system, and found he had recently pawned several bikes.

Under an ordinance enacted last month secondhand dealers must now electronically report purchases to the MPD on a daily basis. These transmissions include the names of sellers, and the law is designed to make it harder for thieves to operate.

On March 24th, the officer on the Bodega case, followed the detective’s lead to Pawn America, 2301 East Springs Dr., and found the bike.

Pawn America had paid $100 for it. The store was now out the money, and requested the suspect be ordered to make restitution.

As for the bike: it went back to the porch on Gorham St.

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