On April 20, 2021, an Irvine resident reported his bicycle stolen from his front porch after a thief cut the lock. The victim began to look on e-commerce websites hoping he would find it. Luckily, he located it for sale and contacted Detective Kestly who took over the investigation.
Detective Kestly met the seller on Wednesday in the e-commerce exchange zone in the parking lot of Irvine City Hall. The seller purchased the bike from someone else and was not aware it was reported stolen. The owner was very happy his precious bike was returned to him and his bike is now registered!
On May 7, 2021, a good Samaritan found a child’s bike near El Camino Real Elementary School. An IPD officer booked the bicycle as found property since it did not return registered to anyone. A resident called the Irvine Police Department Property Division hoping someone turned it in. The bike belonged to a 6-year-old boy who was very excited to learn his bike was at IPD. His dad sent the attached photo to capture how happy his son was when he was reunited with the bicycle he loved so much.
As a reminder, when purchasing serialized bicycles from e-commerce websites or apps, utilize the Project 529 website or phone app to verify whether it has been reported stolen or missing. This will save a legitimate buyer from becoming an additional victim. You can register your bike by clicking this link: www.project529.com.