Massive haul of stolen bikes

The sheer magnitude of theft is on a scale never before seen by a police officer with 20 years’ experience.

About 150 bikes were displayed by Vancouver Police Wednesday morning, the net result of one bust made near Oppenheimer Park in late August.

Electric bikes, scooters and other bikes were rolled out to reporters, and the losses are in the six figures. 

The bikes were recovered from a storage facility on Powell Street, and four men were arrested at the scene. They’ve all since been released without charges.

Police are now appealing to anyone who’s had their bike stolen to report it to police through the non-emergency line (604-717-3321) or online at vpd.ca.

“We’re asking that anybody who hasn’t reported their bikes stolen to do so, so we can get these bikes back to you,” said VPD media relations officer Sgt. Aaron Roed.

Roed said little about the four men arrested. Three of them are Vancouverites, while the other is from Surrey. Who owns the storage facility was not disclosed.

The volume of bikes, along with the coordinated effort to steal and store them, points to the work of an organized bike theft group, though Roed wouldn’t comment on that possibility. 

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