Digital technology, human error and a tip to Crime Stoppers saw the return of a $12,000 racing bike to its rightful owner.
Adrian had worked tirelessly to custom build his prized possession, a one-of-a-kind racing bike. However all his efforts were shattered when his home was burgled and his bike stolen in July.
A Perth Detective team took over the investigation and with the help of some neighbour’s CCTV footage, they identified one of the suspects as a cross-district High Harm Offender.
Perth and Cannington detectives worked together on locating and arresting the suspect at his home, but unfortunately there was no bike.
Time passed by, leads began to fizzle out and Adrian’s hopes of being reunited with his bike were fading.
Fast forward to September when a tip to Crime Stoppers indicated that the bike was being sold on Facebook Marketplace. The seller had also recently posted an image of a vehicle with a visible and registered number plate, which proved vital for identifying and locating this second suspect. Unfortunately he wasn’t at home when police called in, but they didn’t have to wait long to meet him. After hearing rumours they were looking for him, he handed himself into police, with the bike.
Perth Detective Constable Ryan Woolgar said Adrian was in disbelief when they told him they had his bike. “I was very pleased to have been able to return the bike to Adrian….knowing the personal impact it had on him. The bike has a lot of sentimental value to Adrian, as he designed and created it and wants to pass it down as a family heirloom in the future,” he said.
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