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Man facing plenty of charges after police discover bicycle chop shop

By Mo Cranker on August 25, 2017.

One man has been arrested after the MHPS discovered a chop shop in the city. -- PHOTO VIA MHPS TWITTER

Medicine Hat News

One man is facing multiple charges after the Medicine Hat Police Service identified and dismantled a bicycle chop shop in the city.

According to a press release, on Thursday, members of the Priority Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Pottery St. SE and seized approximately $3,000 worth of bikes, frames, tires, rims and parts that had been stripped down, repainted and re-assembled for sale.

The 34-year-old man is in custody awaiting a bail hearing and facing charges of: trafficking in stolen property, possession for the purpose of trafficking in stolen property and breach of recognizance

As a reminder to the public, police are encouraging people to take proactive steps:

·  Record your bicycle’s serial number and maintain a record of the serial number at home.

·  Take a photo of your bike to assist with identification in the event it is missing.

·  Use a lock that suits your needs –A small, lightweight cable lock is usually good enough for quick mid-ride stops. If you’re leaving your bike unattended all day, a heavy-duty chain that provides maximum security is recommended.

·  Lock your bike and frame to an immovable object – For maximum security, your lock cable or chain should be long enough to wrap around the bike’s frame, both wheels, and whatever you are locking your bike to.

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