Citizen bike detective in B.C. sets up sting operation, nets alleged thief

Bike thieves beware: the following time you steal somebody’s experience, you might find yourself on the radar of a citizen detective like Nev Lapwood.

Lapwood’s $9,000 electrical mountain bike was stolen in Whistler, B.C., a couple of month in the past.

The alleged thief has been caught and is dealing with potential expenses, however even the police admit they beautiful a lot solely offered an help on the file.

It began when the bike vanished from outdoors a Creekside health club.

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Lapwood discovered the bolt cutters used within the heist and took them to the RCMP, however was informed with out video proof, there wasn’t a lot they may do.

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“I got here to understand {that a} stolen bike is just not an enormous precedence case,” Lapwood informed International Information.

Undeterred, he dug into the detective work himself.

Vernon man with restricted mobility hoping public suggestions will convey again stolen bike

Vernon man with restricted mobility hoping public suggestions will convey again stolen bike

Lapwood’s Rocky Mountain Powerplay E-bike requires a particular proprietary charger, so he phoned each distributor within the area and informed them to be looking out for somebody shopping for the accent with no bike.

It wasn’t till a couple of month later that Lapwood obtained two necessary calls.

Each got here from bike retailers on the North Shore, and concerned a suspicious particular person making an attempt to purchase a charger with no bike. The primary store turned him down, whereas the second offered them the unit.

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Lapwood rushed all the way down to North Vancouver, the place he was in a position to get a suspect description and telephone quantity, together with surveillance exhibiting his face and automobile.

At that time, Lapwood went full Perry Mason — digging by means of social media and courtroom information to assemble a profile of his nemesis.

“(It) led me to the purpose the place I truly had an actual match of who the particular person was who was in possession of the bike, who I had decided was possible additionally the identical one that had stolen the bike and acquired the charger,” he stated.

He additionally discovered that Whistler RCMP had been in a position to pull a print off the bolt cutters used to chop his bike lock.

Vancouver man movies confrontation with an obvious bike thief

Vancouver man movies confrontation with an obvious bike thief

However the investigation hit a snag: RCMP informed him that whereas they’d the prints and the proof he had collected, it wasn’t sufficient for a warrant to look the suspect’s residence.

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“I simply type of realized that I’m by myself, and if I wish to preserve digging in on this, I’m going to should do it myself,” he stated.

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Then, one other fortunate break: on Sunday, the bike was posted on the market on-line.

“Inside two hours we had organized a meetup location to buy the bike off the particular person promoting it,” Lapwood stated.

As Lapwood raced again all the way down to the Decrease Mainland, he obtained in contact with West Vancouver police who have been keen to attend the assembly.

“(He) type of did loads of the work and set this up for us,” stated West Vancouver police Const. Kevin Goodmurphy.

Plainclothes officers confirmed up on the assembly level, rapidly noticed the bike hooked up to a automobile and arrested the suspect.

Goodmurphy stated the suspect has since been launched, however that police are recommending expenses.

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“We wish to go along with the outdated saying ‘no name too small,’” he stated.

That turned out to be excellent news for Lapwood, who stated he’s glad police have been in a position to deal with the sting in a protected {and professional} manner, relatively than forcing him to confront the alleged thief.

“A method or one other we have been going to get that bike again,” he stated.

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