A man described by police as a chronic bike thief was arrested by Mounties early Wednesday morning in Nanaimo.
According to police, a citizen called 911 just before 4:30 a.m. to report two males approaching the parking lot of his Townsite Road apartment building.
Mounties say one of the men, a 22-year-old, jumped the fence, broke the lock off an outside bike locker and walked away with a bike. Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the man.
The second man, who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a fur lining and riding a short bike with long handlebars, was not found. RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien said approximately 12 bikes, valued at up to $4,000, each are stolen every week in Nanaimo.
O'Brien said officers want to find stolen bikes but get frustrated when serial numbers are not recorded and descriptors given to police are vague.
To be prepared in case of theft, RCMP ask bike owners to record serial numbers and take photographs.
Mounties also recommend always using a lock and never leaving bikes alone and unlocked in public places.
Anyone with information about bike thefts in the city is being encouraged to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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