Ridge Meadows RCMP return stolen bikes

Free registration event coming up Saturday

Ridge Meadows RCMP return stolen bikes

Ridge Meadows RCMP, who continue to seize more bikes and get them back to rightful owners, are promoting this Saturday’s free bike registration event.

On Aug. 9, the Ridge Meadows RCMP Uniformed Community Response Unit was doing routine patrols at the Anita Place Tent City, located at 223rd Street and St. Anne Avenue, when officers noticed four expensive looking, unattended bikes.

Unit members exhausted attempts to locate the owners in the immediate area and the bikes were seized for further investigation.

Police checks of the serial numbers linked one of the bikes to a local theft from May 29, and the others remain under investigation.

“Proof of ownership aids police in their investigation,” said Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk. “Good record keeping works and we are pretty happy when we get to return stolen stuff.”

On Aug. 7, police returned another valuable bike – a $4,000 Giant Anthem – to its rightful owner. It had been reported stolen from a break-and-enter in Vancouver, and the owner was able to provide a serial number to police.

Ridge Meadows RCMP are hosting a free bike registration day on Saturday, Aug 18.

Every year, unclaimed bikes end up at auction because police cannot connect them to their rightful owners. The event will be held at Trek Bike Shop (21626 Lougheed Highway) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the program, see project529.com.