05-14-10 Arrests in Bike Theft Ring - Bike Theft Prevention
May 14, 2010 - Boise Police have arrested seven people
and cited an eighth all believed to be involved in approx 40 bike
thefts since mid-February.
The thefts involved mostly mid-to- high end
mountain bikes stolen from a variety of locations including homes,
schools and businesses in the downtown, BSU and North End
neighborhoods. Boise Police Property Crimes Detectives say most
bike owners reporting the thefts say the bikes were locked, however
the thieves are believed to have used bolt cutters to cut the locks
and steal the bikes. Although the bikes were reportedly locked
before being stolen, they were outside.
Boise Police Property Crimes detectives have
recovered approx half - or about 20 of the stolen bikes and
returned most of them to the owners. Officers are still searching
for other bikes but at this time are unable to guarantee others
will be recovered.
All suspects are living in Boise or are
Arrested and Charged with Felony Grand
Jonathon D. Cheffings, 19, arrested April 28
Ryan W. Jackson, 20, arrested April 28
Daniel H. McEachrin, 21, arrested April 28
Juvenile male, age 16, arrested April 28
Ryan Graham, 20, arrested May 7
Zachary A. Still, 23, arrested May 12
Daniel McLasky, 23, arrested May 13
An eighth man was cited for theft by possession
of stolen property, a misdemeanor.
No further arrests are expected.
Boise Police Property Crimes detectives say they
believe all the suspects are acquaintances and were working
together to steal then sell the high value bikes. As the case is
still under investigation, exactly how and where the bikes were
being sold is not information that's available for release at this
time. Officers believe the motive for stealing the bikes was simply
Officers say one lead in the case led to another
that eventually led to the string of suspects. The sources and
nature of those investigative leads is also something officers
cannot detail at this time due to ongoing investigations and the
effort to possibly find additional stolen bikes..
Bike Theft Prevention:
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 porch or
- 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
- 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.
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.