Over 3,000 Bicycles Found During Theft Ring Crackdown
A few weeks ago, some thieves went onto our back porch and stole my roommate's bike tire. The bike itself was locked to the porch and left untouched.
Today, the Toronto police department unveiled 700 new bikes they retrieved from an alleged bike theft ring, which brings the total of bikes found since the start of their crackdown to 3,200 just in the last few weeks.
What's disturbing isn't so much the amount of bikes, over 3,000 stolen is an incredible number, but that there must be so many bicycles stolen that they constantly have a huge amount kicking around, waiting for transfer and sale.
Officers from 14 Division executed three more search warrants on Monday, police said in a news release issued Tuesday.
In total, police have recovered about 3,200 bicycles so far in their investigation, which began on July 16.
Igor Kenk of the Bicycle Clinic, which operated at 847 Queen St. West, was remanded into custody on Friday.
Kenk, 49, and Jean Laveau, 47, have each been charged with theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
If your bike is one of the huge number that were taken, you can go down to the stations police have set up to view the bikes. I've already let my roommate know, though it's doubtful he'll find his tire. The Toronto police were asking people to register their bikes with their online service, to identify it if it's ever stolen.
The man accused of masterminding the city's biggest bike theft operation has been remanded into custody until at least Wednesday.
Igor Kenk appeared in court Friday for a bail hearing but the courts decided he would stay behind bars until next week when he could satisfy the court's bail conditions.