San Carlos Police nab alleged bike thieves

Police have arrested three teenagers who allegedly stole two custom bicycles from a resident’s garage and then attempted to sell them on Craigslist.

Matthew Storm, 18, of San Jose, and two 15-year-old boys were arrested Tuesday night after San Carlos Police Sgt. Rich Dickerson posed as a buyer hoping to acquire the custom cycles, worth a total of roughly $15,000.

The bikes were stolen from a house on the 1900 block of Cedar Street last Friday after the residence’s garage door was inadvertently left open. The suspects, who were in the neighborhood, were out “looking for bikes,” Dickerson said.

The victim discovered the theft on the morning of July 28. Police advised him to check Craigslist and other online sales and auction sites. On Sunday, the victim reported that someone was selling his bicycles on the popular Web site, Dickerson said.

“They said they were selling their own bikes, that they needed the money and hated to part with them,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson posed as a buyer, and after a series of e-mails, convinced the sellers to meet him at Sequoia Station on Tuesday evening, where he and other plainclothes officers took two of the suspects into custody without incident. A third juvenile accomplice was arrested later that night.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

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