Cyclists have few more days to claim stolen bikes
Published Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:36AM EDT
Torontonians who have had their bikes stolen over the years will have a few more days to sort through a cache of bicycles recovered by police earlier this summer.
Thousands of bikes were recovered during an extended sting operation and investigation into Igor Kenk, a bicycle shop owner. Police descended on several addresses throughout Toronto and found bikes that had been reported stolen well over a year ago.
The investigation has led to the arrest of three people, including Kenk.
A total of 2,685 bicycles were found by police. In the weeks that followed, police displayed the bikes to the public, hoping to find the rightful owners. Only 469 people were able to lay claim to their bicycles.
However, police are giving it another shot. More than 2,300 bikes will be on display at 35 Strachan Avenue on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, Aug. 21 and Friday, Aug. 22: noon to 8 p.m.,
- Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24: 10 a.m., to 6 p.m.,
- Monday, Aug. 25 to Friday, Aug. 29: noon to 8 p.m.,
- Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31: 10 a.m., to 6 p.m.,
- Monday, Sept. 1: closed,
- Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: noon to 8 p.m.,
- Saturday Sept. 6 and Sunday Sept. 7: 10 a.m., to 6 p.m.
Police say people should be prepared to provide them with proof of ownership, such as receipts or pictures. They will also be asked to provide some identification.
Authorities are also using the opportunity to urge cyclists to register their bikes.
"Take a few minutes to register your bike. It will make it much easier for us to return it to you," said 14 Division Superintendent Ruth White in a news release.