Stolen Bike Trafficker Arrested in Craigslist Sting

Detectives arrested a man Tuesday after he posted a stolen bike for sale on Craigslist.

A Seattle Police Major Crimes Task Force detective began investigating after the victim of a bicycle theft saw his bike advertised for sale on Craigslist. The victim’s bicycle had been stolen earlier in the day from a secured parking garage in lower Queen Anne. The same thief had been caught on camera multiple times before.

Detectives contacted the suspect who posted the Craigslist ad hoping to set up a meeting; unfortunately, he had already sold the bike to a pawn shop in Shoreline. He agreed to meet and buy the $3500 bike back to sell it to the detective knowing he could get more than the mere $400 the pawn shop gave him. (Only the suspect could buy back the bike because a pawn shop must put any item it buys on a 30-day hold before putting it up for sale.)

The suspect repurchased the bike from the pawn shop and then sold it for $850 to the undercover officer.

With the help of the Shoreline Police Department, the suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for trafficking in stolen property.

The bicycle was returned to the victim.