Vienna Police Have Large Collection of Stolen Bicycles

Recovered bikes languish in Northern Virginia

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:22 PM EDT
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Vienna's Stash of Stolen Bicycles

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Missing a bike? A local police department may have it.

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Want Your bike back?  Try calling the Vienna police.

Police in Vienna, Virginia say they have recovered quite a few stolen bikes. But no one has come forward to claim them. The bikes have generally been found around town, recovered by an officer and then stored at Vienna Police Heaquarters. 

A recovery database for stolen bike exists, but police can’t track down the owners if they have not contacted police or registered the serial number.  In such cases, the bike is placed into storage. 

Police now have what they describe as "a large number of unclaimed bicycles.”

They’re hoping the rightful owners will come and pick them up. But as one might expect, there is a decided emphasis on “rightful.”

From the Vienna Police Department:

If you have proof of ownership and would like to check and see if the Vienna Police have recovered your lost or stolen bicycle, please contact Vienna Police Property Officer John Barker at jfbarker@viennava.gov or 703-255-6377.

Police say bicycles will only be released to individuals who bring documents or substantial verifying information.

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