Durango’s public enemy No.1: Bike snatchers

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Durango’s public enemy No.1: Bike snatchers

More than 100 bicycles reported stolen annually
“If people register their bikes ... we can track ’em down,” said Kim Wall, back left, a property and evidence technician with the Durango Police Department. Wall, fellow technician Kelly Strietzel, back right; Detective Burke Baldwin, front left; and Joseph Turner load up abandoned and stolen bikes. Turner works with a company called PropertyRoom.com, which transports abandoned and stolen bicycles and other items from police departments in nine different states to City of Industry, Calif., where they are auctioned online.
The Durango Police Department may receive as many as a dozen abandoned or stolen bicycles during a busy week. Bicycles are held for 90 days before they are eligible to be shipped off to auction. Joseph Turner of PropertyRoom.com, an online auction house, loads dozens of abandoned and stolen bikes for auction.
Parker Buccowich, 15, son of Cindy and Jon Buccowich, hugs the bicycle he recovered after believing it was stolen.
Bike registration

Bicycle owners can register their bikes at the Durango Police Department, 990 East Second Ave. The department will record the serial number, make and model, and description of the bike. The information with the owner’s name will be kept on file with police. If the bike ever goes missing and is recovered, the department will notify the owner.

Durango’s public enemy No.1: Bike snatchers

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“If people register their bikes ... we can track ’em down,” said Kim Wall, back left, a property and evidence technician with the Durango Police Department. Wall, fellow technician Kelly Strietzel, back right; Detective Burke Baldwin, front left; and Joseph Turner load up abandoned and stolen bikes. Turner works with a company called PropertyRoom.com, which transports abandoned and stolen bicycles and other items from police departments in nine different states to City of Industry, Calif., where they are auctioned online.
Purchase
The Durango Police Department may receive as many as a dozen abandoned or stolen bicycles during a busy week. Bicycles are held for 90 days before they are eligible to be shipped off to auction. Joseph Turner of PropertyRoom.com, an online auction house, loads dozens of abandoned and stolen bikes for auction.
Purchase
Parker Buccowich, 15, son of Cindy and Jon Buccowich, hugs the bicycle he recovered after believing it was stolen.
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