Los Angeles police detectives are investigating a bicycle-theft ring that has netted several stolen bicycles and parts. Yet LAPD believes that there has already been a significant breakthrough with the case, where two men associated with the bike-theft ring were arrested last weekend in downtown Los Angeles for receiving stolen property.
Police arrested Edward Rene Arciga, 43, and Konstantin Rostovtsev, 51. The men allegedly posted advertisements on Craigslist.com selling bicycles that had previously been stolen. Police also found that the two men had several counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia that indicated heroin use.
Lt. Paul Vernon of LAPD said that he believes Arciga and Rostovtsev are part of just one of several rings in the downtown area. In a press release Vernon warns that bicyclists should protect themselves with good locks, record their bike's serial number,
and keep a receipt of the bike's purchase price to prove its value. LAPD reports that there were 123 bicycles stolen in downtown Los Angeles in 2009.
People can report information about stolen bicycles to LAPD by calling Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or by texting the number 274637.
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