Cops look to return bikes swiped in rash of thefts
With a recent spike in bicycle thefts locally, police not only are looking for the thieves, but also for owners of the bikes that have been recovered.
Police Lt. James Perez this week released photos of several recovered bicycles now at police headquarters. He described the bikes as “pricey.” Any theft victim who believes one of the bikes is theirs should contact police at 203-254-4808. Claimants will be asked to provide proof of ownership.
Meanwhile, the latest bicycle recovery this week came after a 12-year-old Bridgeport boy was stopped by police on the Post Road around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. A relative who came to pick up the boy at police headquarters told officers the bike did not belong to him.
Police said the 12-year-old was with two other boys and a girl, all riding bikes on Carter Henry Drive near the downtown train station. The juveniles were all wearing backpacks.
Aware that seven bikes had been stolen over the past few days in town, the officer made a U-turn and approached the youths. They sped up, heading toward Sanford Street, where the officer got out of his cruiser and could hear one of them yelling, “Go, go, go!” as they passed by. The officer caught up with the 12-year-old near the Brick Walk commercial complex on the Post Road when his bike suffered a flat tire.
He told the officer he was just following his cousin, who, the boy added, was planning to steal a scooter
On Tuesday night, police received several calls around 8 p.m. from people in the South Benson Road area, who reported that two teens appeared to be stealing bikes, although no reports were immediately available on whether those reports were verified.
Also Tuesday night, a Gary Fisher bike, valued at $150, was reported stolen from the Fairfield Metro train station. Earlier in the day, an orange Trek bike was also reported stolen from the same station.