Police arrested three teenagers in connection with a significant number of bike thefts in the region over the last 12 months.
A 16-year-old from Staple Hill, a 16-year-old from St George and a 17-year-old from Speedwell, were arrested early on Thursday 19th December during a planned operation in which three properties were simultaneously visited by police officers working as part of Operation Remedy.
As part of this morning’s action, officers also seized a number of additional bicycles, motor bikes and other parts believed to be stolen. Officers will now be working to identify if any of these bicycles have been reported as stolen so they can be returned to the owners.
Officers believe online selling sites and social media platforms have been used to identify high value bicycles and motor bikes for sale whereby sellers have shared their address and details of their whereabouts with prospective buyers. The majority of the burglaries reported have occurred shortly after victims have disclosed these details and whilst they were away or at work.
Inspector Andy Peppin, of Operation Remedy, commented: “Over the last year, there have been a significant number of bicycle thefts across South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset. Nearly all of the thefts have occurred following the victims sharing their address and movements with individuals they believed to be interested in buying their bikes.
“We take burglary very seriously and are committed to identifying and apprehending the individuals responsible.
“We seized a number of bicycles we believe to be stolen and will be working hard to identify the original owners and return their bikes to them.
“I cannot advise members of the public strongly enough to never disclose any personal details – particularly your home address and movements – when attempting to sell bikes or other belongings online.
“In addition to avoiding divulging details online, there are also a number of things members of the public can do to make it harder for thieves to steal their bikes as well as making it easier for police officers to identify a bicycle as stolen and return it to the original owners.”
The full list of items recovered is as follows:
Carrero Zelos JR frame_Blue
Forme hybrid bicycle_Black
Giant Brass frame_Green
Giant XtC frame_Silver
Planet X London Road SL_Yellow
Specialised Crosstrail frame_Black
Trek 4300 Frame_Black
Trek Xcaliber 7_Black