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Bike World theft suspects arrested

Alamo Heights PD: Stolen bikes posted on CraigsList

An Alamo Heights teen was arrested in connection with a stolen bike sting, the Alamo Heights Police Department announced Monday morning.
An Alamo Heights teen was arrested in connection with a stolen bike sting, the Alamo Heights Police Department announced Monday morning.

A pair of teenage suspects are accused of burglary and theft after two recent break-ins at Bike World in Alamo Heights.

A 15-year-old juvenile was arrested in connection with the first theft in early February.

"They broke in the store, then rode away," said Cindi Snell, co-owner of Bike World.

But Sgt. Tom Vitacco said the teenager was with a second person, 17-year-old Marce Marquez, when he also was arrested.

Vitacco said the two broke in again on March 8, and were caught on surveillance cameras.

He said each time the pair posted stolen bikes on CraigsList.

"Due to the fact that the tags from Bike World were still on the bicycle in the photographs on CraigsList, made it very easy," Vitacco said.

Eddie Gonzales, KSAT crime analyst, said he doubts they had anyone to fence the items.

"They want to make money, so that's their first source they can go to try to unload them," Gonzales said.

Yet sites like CraigsList also are the first places retailers and police go to look for stolen goods.

"If something is brand new and drastically reduced, ask why," Snell said.

She also said potential buyers should ask to see a receipt of purchase to make sure the product is not stolen.

Vitacco said he urges people know the registration numbers of their stolen items, otherwise the case is hard to prove.

Snell said she is grateful Alamo Heights police were able to make the arrests.

She said she hopes it will discourage others from trying the same thing.

"I'm very excited to see that crime does not pay," she said.

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