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Grimsby, Ont., man charged in connection with spree of recent bike thefts

Charges include the theft of high-end mountain bikes worth as much as $16,000.

Bike theft can be a problem in Vancouver. (Photo Credit: roland via Compfight cc )
(Photo Credit: roland via Compfight cc )

Following a spree of bike thefts in Burlington, Ont., since early March, a 30-year-old Grimsby, Ont., man has been charged in connection with each of them — and the charges keep coming.

As CBC reports, the first two thefts occurred on March 7 and 13, according to Halton regional police. A $4,000 Scott Genius and a two-tone, $5,000 Cipollini were taken, in both cases from open garages in the Burlington area. The suspected bike thief, however, didn’t stop at the city limits of Burlington in casting his net, as other charges indicate. In Niagara region, the same suspect may have been responsible for the theft of 20 road bikes, all lifted from garages in the Ontario municipalities of Grimsby, Lincoln and St. Catharines.

Other reported thefts in the general vicinity of the apparent grand tour of bike crime include the lifting of two mountain bikes in February from garages in the Ancaster area: a 2016, $16,000 Yeti SB6 and a 2015 Santa Cruz, valued at $6,500.

With the accused’s court date of April 12 pending in Milton, Ont., police continue to ┬áinvestigate whether all the thefts, those in March and February, are connected.