Search for owners of stolen bikes as investigation leads to two arrests
Officers searched an address on Padgate Road, Pennywell, last month and found more than 100 bicycles. They are estimated to be worth thousands of pounds.
It is believed that many of the bikes were stolen from addresses across Sunderland, South Shields, Gateshead and Newcastle over the last few months.
On August 29, officers asked for victims to come forward if they recognised a selection of the bikes shown in their pictures.
Northumbria Police have since had a number of calls from members of the public who believe they may belong to them.
Today – Thursday, September 17 – officers released the images of six more distinctive bicycles in the hope of reuniting them with their rightful owners.
An investigation is continuing into the find. A 37 year-old man and a 34 year-old woman were arrested in August on suspicion of conspiracy to handle stolen goods. They have both since been released on police bail.
Pc Louise Edwards, who is leading the investigation, said: “Two weeks ago, we released pictures of more than a dozen bikes that were seized and we’ve received a number of calls from members of the public who believe they may belong to them.
“We are carrying out a wide range of inquiries in order to identify who these bicycles belong to, and today we are releasing more images of some of the most distinctive items that we have in our possession.
“If you recognise any of these bikes and have been a victim of a theft or burglary, please get in touch with the make, model, colour and if possible serial number.
“An investigation is ongoing in relation to the discovery and we are committed to ensuring those responsible are brought to justice.”
If you recognise any of the bikes pictured, you are asked to email [email protected]
Alternatively, you can contact officers via the “Tell Us Something” page of Northumbria Police website, or by ringing 101 quoting log 260 120820.
Contact can be made anonymously.