Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 23, 2010

Police Bulletin

Cops go undercover to nab bike thief

A Pleasanton man has been charged with possession of stolen property after the victim of a bicycle theft went online and was able to find his bike for sale on Craigslist, a police report said.

Zachary Royer, 30, was arrested Wednesday after undercover Pleasanton officers went to his home to buy the bike; they found the bike in question and three others, according to the report. Police linked a second bike to a recent theft but are trying to track down the owners of the other bikes, described as a men's 21-speed mountain bike and a single speed mountain bike. The police reported that Royer has past convictions for possessing and selling stolen bicycles.

The report noted that bicycles are especially easy targets for thieves and should be locked when outdoors and kept behind closed doors if left in a garage. Police also encourage residents to register their bikes with the city and to put identifying marks such as initials or a city identification number somewhere on the frame.

Victims who think one of the bikes is theirs can contact Detective Mike Rossillon at 931-5100.

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