COMMUNITY HELPS SMPD DETECTIVES NAB BICYCLE THIEF
Detectives also recover stolen bike valued at about $10,000
On February 21st, a 38 year-old San Mateo resident parked and secured his bicycle outside the 24 hour Fitness on Bovet Road. He returned from his workout about an hour later to find that his bike had been stolen. The bicycle was a custom road race bike valued at about $10,000.
The bicycle was listed on Craigslist and purchased on the same day. Upon purchasing the bike, the purchaser realized that the bike appeared to be more valuable than what he paid for it. He contacted a local bicycle shop to inquire about it. The bike shop employee was familiar with this one-of-a-kind racing bike, and recognized that it was the victim’s stolen bicycle. The employee contacted SMPD. The stolen bicycle was turned over to SMPD, and has subsequently been returned to the owner. A photo of the bike is attached.
Detective Chris Egan assumed the investigation, and was able to develop information identifying Terrell Medley, a 35 year-old San Mateo Resident, as the suspect in the theft and sale of this bike. SMPD Detectives arrested Medley on February 23rd. He was booked into San Mateo County Jail on Grand Theft, Sale of Stolen Goods, and drug charges.
This is a great example of alert community members looking out for each other. Community Members should remember that the following precautions should be taken with valuable property to help potential recovery of the property if stolen:
• Take quality digital photos of your valuables.
• Have notes available about anything that may make the item unique.
• Record serial numbers or other identifying numbers.
• If able apply your own contact information or owner applied identifiers.
• Many owners find their own stolen property by searching Craigslist or other similar venues for their property.
• If your stolen property is located, contact the police to safely assist you in the recovery process.
Anyone with information about crimes in San Mateo can reach the San Mateo Police Department at the numbers below:
EMERGENCY – 911
SMPD Dispatch – 650-522-7700
SMPD Investigations – 650-522-7650
Secret Witness Line – 650-522-7676
Text Anonymously – 650-262-3473
Email Anonymously – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please help us make your neighborhood safer and take a stand against crime. Please report all criminal behavior, join a neighborhood watch program, and help anyone that might fall victim to a crime. If a Neighborhood Watch doesn’t exist on your block, you can start one with help from SMPD. For additional information about the City of San Mateo Neighborhood Watch Program, call Sergeant Dave Norris at (650)522-7626 or visit our web http://www.cityofsanmateo.org
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