Minnesota Man Stings Colorado Crooks – CBS Denver
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Police on the College of Colorado in Boulder have lengthy warned that bike theft is the primary crime on campus. In a median yr, 700 bikes are stolen in Boulder in line with police and investigators say the issue appears to be getting worse.
However when the daddy of a CU Boulder pupil discovered his daughter’s locked bike was stolen from campus final weekend, he changed into an beginner detective and his fast pondering led to the restoration of his daughter’s bike, and the arrest of the person who was promoting it.
“She was fairly upset her bike was stolen,” mentioned John, whose daughter is a sophomore at CU.
John, who requested his final title not be used, lives in a suburb of Minneapolis.
“Whereas my spouse was speaking to her, I went on Craigslist for Denver,” he mentioned. “After I keyed within the model, it was just like the fifth bike listed.”
He mentioned he even acknowledged grease stains on the bike from photos posted with the advert. Posing as a possible purchaser, John started emailing the vendor making an attempt to purchase the stolen bike.
The vendor ultimately agreed to satisfy John at a Walmart parking zone in Denver. Bodily unable to satisfy since he lives almost 1,000 miles away, John contacted Denver police for assist.
“Finally the DPD agreed if I obtained him to a spot, they might ship a squad automobile over there. They had been implausible to work with,” mentioned John.
As he was emailing the vendor on Tuesday to rearrange the meetup, John was additionally speaking to DPD dispatch.
“I used to be very stunned after I reached out. They’ve 8,000 different priorities however for those who occur to have an officer obtainable,” he informed police, “I’ve obtained one shot to get the bike again and so that you can catch this man.”
Christine Downs, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Division, informed CBS4, “The Denver Police Division is right here to serve, even a father in Minnesota… you make the decision and we’ll be there.”
At about 8:30 p.m, as an alternative of John arriving to purchase the bike, DPD Officer David Briggs was dispatched. He rolled up discovering a white SUV with Daniel Kania, 26, within the driver’s seat.
”Sitting subsequent to the defendant’s car, officers noticed a grey girls’s Specialised street bike. Additional investigation revealed that the bike that was within the defendant’s possession, was the stolen bike out of CU Boulder,” in line with a police report offered to CBS4.
“Nicely some excellent news,” mentioned John. ”I screamed, ‘No means, how did that work out?’”, mentioned John. “It was essentially the most satisfying factor in a very long time. It by no means works out that means.”
Not as satisfying for Kania, who police say had Oxycodone drugs in a single pocket together with methamphetamine. Police wrote that there have been different indications that Kania was concerned in “the promoting of unlawful narcotics.” Police arrested Kania on drug fees.
“It labored out,” mentioned John who known as the affair “very thrilling” and “satisfying.”
Denver police plan to return the bike to John’s daughter inside the subsequent couple of weeks.
“It was positively fast pondering on the dad’s half,” mentioned Downs. ”And we’re glad we had been in a position to get the suspect and ultimately get the bike again to his daughter.”
Downs mentioned what occurred is a reminder on methods to defend your bike from theft:
- Use a ‘U lock” which is sturdier than most cable locks which will be simply minimize.
- Park your bike in a well-lit, well-traveled space.
- Have your bike registered with police
- If doable, have your title and telephone quantity engraved on the bike