Alleged bike thief leaves behind evidence, posts stolen bikes to Craigslist

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An alleged bike thief left behind all the information police needed to find him, a drivers license. The suspect gave detectives another possible clue online. Police said the stolen bikes appeared in a Craigslist AD using the same name on that drivers license.

"So not only did the homeowner do everything right, the bad guy did everything wrong," said Lt. Chris Bailey with IMPD.

The president of Indy COG, a bicycle advocacy group, wants people to avoid becoming a victim. The organization has an online database where people can register their bikes. There's also a special section dedicated to stolen bikes. If a bike is reported stolen a message and picture will be sent to police. A serial number is needed to register the bikes online.

"What happens is people sell the bikes for a couple hundred bucks and they use that as street currency to buy drugs or other things so bike theft is a much bigger deal than people give it credit for," said Kevin Whited, President of Indy COG.

Whited said the registry has helped seven people recover their bikes this summer. He encourages people to always lock up their bikes, even in the garage.

The prosecutor's office is still reviewing charges for the suspect accused of stealing bikes and posting them on Craigslist.

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