16-year-old charged in June bicycle thefts; police still seeking owners of 2 bikes

16-year-old charged in June bicycle thefts; police still seeking owners of 2 bikes



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HOPKINTON — Police have filed charges against a 16-year-old local boy they said was involved in the theft of at least three bicycles from the Westerly area in June, but the search continues for the owners of 2 of the bikes.

Hopkinton Police Capt. Mark Carrier said an Electra Townie e-bicycle, valued at nearly $3,000, was formerly returned last weekend after a friend of the owner agreed to collect the bicycle. The owner had gone to Vermont after reporting the theft and had been unable to collect after providing receipt and claiming ownership in late June.

“We still have two mountain bikes at our station that we believe were stolen,” Carrier said. “We only had one inquiry about the bikes and the description did not match the bikes we had in impound.”

Hopkinton police on June 26 issued a Facebook message seeking owners of three bicycles after a father arrived home to find his son, 16, riding one of the stolen bicycles. The father checked the family’s property and discovered two additional bicycles that were also believed to have been stolen.

The son, who police initially reported as being 17 prior to releasing the official charges, turned himself in to police on June 29 and was charged with receiving stolen goods, a felony. The case was referred to Family Court.

Police said further investigation revealed that the e-bicycle had been stolen from the area of the Westerly YMCA, while the other two were reportedly stolen from along Spruce Street and from near the Golden Years Assisted Living Community on High Street.

Carrier said Thursday that the department will still be seeking a description or receipt for the remaining bicycles, an effort to assure they are returned to their proper owner.

To claim the bicycle, contact Hopkinton police at 401-377-7750 or visit the department’s Facebook page at facebook.com/hopkintonpoliceri.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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