Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 12, 2013

UPDATE: Officers locate & return stolen bikes to grateful owners

Boise, Sept. 12, 2013 - Good news. Detectives were able to follow leads and recover several bikes recently stolen following the arrest of the suspect earlier this week.091213 Bikes - Returning - 1

Today, Boise Police Bike officers spent the afternoon returning those bikes to the rightful, grateful owners. Those receiving the recovered property included an individual and two local bike shops. During their investigation and following the suspect's arrest, investigating officers found evidence the suspect had taken bikes recently from a North Boise home as well as retail stores. Each bike was valued between $2,000 and $4,000.

Prompt Reporting Helps: Officers say it was the prompt reporting of the theft from one of the shops that helped track the suspect. Finding him led to evidence that allowed officers to recover the bikes, which the suspect had already exchanged for cash. The suspect, Jedediah Fronton, 31 of Boise, faces several felony charges including three counts of burglary and three counts of grand theft.

Save Serial Numbers, Photos! The owners of the stolen bikes were able to provide officers with the serial numbers, which allowed the prompt return. Officers suggest bike owners register their bicycles at:

/home/downloads-online-services/bicycle-registration-form/.

Bike owners are also encouraged to take photos of the bike so if it is ever lost or stolen, it can be returned.

As this is an ongoing investigation, additional information can be found by accessing the Ada County Courts.

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above photos courtesy of Boise Police Bake Patrol and www.northend.org.  

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Previous Release: 

Theft of high end mountain bikes ends in Felony charges; Daily incident report

 

Arrested: Jedediah C. Fronton, 31, Boise

Charges: Burglary (F) 3 counts of Grand Theft (F)

Boise, September 11, 2013 - Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 1300 block of West Main yesterday, September 10th, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Employees at the store tell police the suspect took a mountain bike, valued at more than $3,000.00, for a test ride and never returned with the bike. Using information obtained through the course of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect's residence on the 3000 block of West Pleasanton Avenue yesterday afternoon. A search of the residence revealed evidence that indicates the suspect had been involved in two more bicycle thefts using a similar method from a second retail store earlier this month, resulting in the additional grand theft charges. Evidence indicates the suspect sold the bikes to obtain cash. After a detailed investigation the suspect was taken into custody at the home and transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked on the above listed charges.