Police looking to reunite owners with missing bikes
© Thomas Becker - Amherst News
Const. Tom Wood displays some of the bikes the Amherst police have recovered during the spring and summer months.
AMHERST – The Amherst Police Department is in possession of bicycles that have been recovered since spring and are trying to reunite them with their rightful owners.
The police currently have eight bikes seized. They did have more but most were sold in last year’s spring auction.
Since June there have been five complaints of a stolen bike.
“A typical call for a found bike would be a person reporting that a bike was on their lawn or property and that it had been there for several days,” Const. Tom Wood said.
Most of the recovered bikes are often believed to be stolen, which are then abandoned shortly after, Wood said.
“It appears as though some suspects steal a bike to get from one point to the other and then ditch the bike after they got to where they were going. Some bikes we’ve received over the years are spray painted over to hide the fact that they’re stolen.”
The public is reminded to record the serial numbers of bikes that they own and keep a detailed description of it. Taking lots of pictures of the bike and noting the unique details that make the bike stand out makes it a lot easier for the police to track them.
The police recommend that residents lock their bikes at all times when it is left unattended.
“It only takes a couple of seconds for someone to grab a bicycle,” Wood said.
They also recommend that residents not support the market of stolen bikes.
“Only buy used bikes from people that you trust. If a bike is listed on a buy/sell site for a fraction of its cost, this may be a strong indicator that it is stolen.”
All unclaimed bikes are sold at the annual town auction held every spring.