While this story takes place in Seattle, it is applicable here in Snohomish County.
According to www.SeattleCrime.com,
Seattle Police found 5 bikes in a north Seattle storage unit belonging to a man
who is known to be "actively involved in the 'chopping' and reselling of
stolen bicycles.” Police had been told that the man is the “go to guy” for bike
thieves to sell their stolen bikes. The man had not been charged with a crime
as of August 3rd.
Now, you might think it odd that police apparently have caught a thief red
handed with stolen material but they do not charge him. The problem is that
police need to be able to prove that items in possession of a thief (or anyone
else) are indeed stolen. They often run into situations where they are sure
that items in the possession of a suspect are stolen, but if they do not have
definitive descriptions of stolen material they cannot charge the suspect or
seize the items. It is a frustrating situation not only for victims but also
Operation ID. By identifying your
possessions, you can help the police if your house, or your car, is broken into
by a burglar. With clear descriptions of items that have been stolen (pictures,
serial numbers, state driver’s license numbers marked on the item as
appropriate) then detectives can have an easier time to identify and recover
your stolen possessions.
For more information about Operation ID take a look at this Tip Sheet:
For more information about details of the bike theft incident go to: