Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

11-19-08 Arrest in Stolen Bike

11-19-08 Arrest in Stolen Bike

    Boise, Nov. 19, 2008 - Boise Police arrested a man after he tried to pawn a bike stolen recently from Boise State University.

    Arrested: Carl E. Alexander, 46, Boise

    Charged: Grand Theft by Possession (F)

    Boise Police are investigating whether Alexander is connected to other bicycles recently reported stolen from the BSU and downtown area.

    What Happened: Alexander is accused of attempting to pawn a stolen bicycle at a pawn shop on N. Orchard yesterday afternoon shortly after 4:00 p.m. At this time officers do not believe Alexander actually stole the bike, but received it from another person and had possession of the stolen property. The investigation continues into others who may be involved. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

    The bike in Alexander's possession was reported stolen from the library on the BSU campus Monday, Nov. 17th.

    Boise Police Property Crimes Detectives say the owner of the stolen bike had registered the bike and provided police with the serial number. After reporting the bike stolen to police, the bike owner then called local pawn shops providing them with the serial number and a description of the bike.

    Less than 24 hours after the bike was stolen, detectives say Alexander tried to pawn the bike. However, the clerk at the pawn shop recognized the bike as stolen and called police. Alexander ran from the shop, but thanks to the direction given by pawn shop workers, officers quickly located Alexander nearby and took him into custody.

    "All bike owners should know there is a lot they can do to help find their bikes, or even prevent them from being stolen,"  said Property Crime Detective Jeff Dustin.

    "We know a lot of Boiseans use their bikes for everything from recreation to transportation, and often bikes are a huge investment for people. We want people to know there are ways bike owners can help police protect or recover their property," said Det. Dustin.

    Boise Police offer this advice to bike owners:

  • Always lock your bike, even if it's at a private home, if the bike is in plain view, like an open garage or a front porch or patio.
  • Use a steel U-Lock through the bike frame. Cable locks can be cut. U-shape steel locks are available at local bike shops for approx. $35.
  • Register your bike. Bike owners can register their bikes at www.boisepolice.org, click on Online Services, or take your bike to the Boise State Campus Police Station, 1001 1/2 Lincoln Ave., across from the BSU Sub.
  • Consider using an engraver to place other identifying marks on the bike or it's parts. Officers say repeating the serial number or engraving another marking in several places on the bike can be very helpful in identifying a stolen bike.

    Stolen Bike Stats:

    Boise Police are seeing a recent increase in the number of stolen bikes throughout the city. At this time, officers believe a number of separate individuals are responsible for the bike thefts. 

    Along with educating citizens on theft prevention, Boise Police urge anyone with information on stolen bicycles to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

Stolen Bike Reports Citywide August 1st - November 10th:

2008 - 262 

2007 - 116, 

2006 - 173

Stolen Bike Reports on the BSU Campus Aug. 1st - Nov. 10th:

2008 - 30

2007 - 15

2006 - 22

*BSU numbers are also included in total number of bike thefts for entire Boise.

    The Boise State Campus Community is encouraged to go the the BSU Campus Police Station for more campus-specific information on bike and crime prevention.