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Man charged over theft of 60 bicycles worth £30,000

The 41-year-old was charged with the theft of 62 bikes, of which 31 were recovered.

Theft: More than 60 bicycles were stolen.
Theft: More than 60 bicycles were stolen.

A man has been arrested and charged following the theft of more than 60 bicycles worth £30,000.

Under an initiative dedicated to tackling bike theft, the 41-year-old was arrested in August in connection with an attempt to sell a stolen bike online.

Following further enquiries, Edinburgh's Community Investigation Unit (CIU) subsequently executed a warrant at flat in the Saughton area on Tuesday 27th November

The 41-year-old has now been charged with the theft of 62 pedal bikes, collectively worth over £30,000, which were stolen from common stairwells and outbuildings across the city.

A total of 31 bikes, collectively worth over £14,000, have so far been recovered by police and returned to their owners.

Detective inspector Bob Campbell of Edinburgh's CIU said: "Over half a million bikes are stolen across the UK each year, with more than half of these taken from the owner's property.

"Edinburgh's Search and Recovery Team and CIU work tirelessly to find and recover stolen property and bring those responsible for these thefts before the courts.

"However, I'd urge cyclists to remain vigilant and leave their bikes in a secured area, wherever possible, always ensuring that these are locked to an immovable object with a good quality lock.

"Contact Police Scotland via 101 to report any suspicious behaviour, noting the descriptions of any persons or vehicles involved, and always dial 999 if you see a crime ongoing.

"I also want to take this opportunity to remind those buying second-hand bikes online to ensure that the seller can provide proof of ownership.

"If you purchase a stolen bike, knowingly or otherwise, this can be recovered by police at any time and returned to it's rightful owner."

The man is due to appear at court at a later date.

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