Crime analysts with the Coeur d'Alene Police Department are reporting bicycle thefts are on the rise this month. Since the beginning of August, police have received 24 reports of stolen bikes. Some have been very expensive while others are valued at under $100. The total estimated loss is just over $23,000.
Bicycles have been more frequently stolen from the northeast and downtown areas of the city, mainly from bike racks, open residential garages, vehicle-mounted racks and recreation areas.
Detectives are working several leads in the investigation and believe multiple thefts may be linked to the same suspects.
“We want our residents and visitors of our city to enjoy their bicycles and not be victims of theft,” said Police Chief Lee White. “Please practice theft prevention tips and call the police department to report any suspicious activity.”
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