It’s warm, and that means bike thefts are at their peak. But thanks to a fight between a bike thief and an acquaintance, SPD busted one prolific thief and uncovered his chop shop, housed in a storage unit at 115th and Aurora. Police found five bikes in the unit as well as a sleeping felon with a warrant.
According to an SPD search warrant affidavit, the man—who has not yet been charged with a crime—is known to be “actively involved in the ‘chopping’ and reselling of stolen bicycles,” reselling them on Craigslist and at pawn shops. Last March, found stolen bikes in a Lake City storage unit rented by the man.
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One thief recently told police the man is “the go-to guy” for thieves trying to sell stolen bikes in Seattle, the affidavit says.
Officers discovered the man’s latest chop shop on July 13th after an acquaintance of the man called police after he got into a fight with the bike thief.