Monday 06.07.2020

Man arrested in Espoo after trying to sell stolen bicycle to its owner

Another 7 bicycle frames were found in the suspect's apartment.

Jopo bikes are the most wanted by bicycle thieves, according to the police. Photo: Anneli Salo.
Jopo bikes are the most wanted by bicycle thieves, according to the police. Photo: Anneli Salo.

A man has been detained in Espoo (west of Helsinki) after trying to sell a stolen bicycle to its legitimate owner.

According to police information, the plaintiff's bike was stolen on Friday 22 May from its yard. The next day, a post announcing its sale was published on Facebook's marketplace.

The owner of the bicycle agreed to meet with the seller. After taking a look at the bicycle and confirming that it was his, he alerted a police patrol.

Other frames found

The police arrested the suspect and later conducted a home search in his apartment. Inside, police officers found another seven bicycle frames suspected of being stolen, as well as power pliers.

Police recommend that bicycle owners take pictures of them and write down the frame identification number. If the bike is stolen, always file a crime report and provide this information. That will help hold bike thieves accountable for their actions.

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