Granby Police Department has dozens of unclaimed bicycles
September 8, 2008
Granby’s police department is calling on residences to inventory their bicycles.
Over the past three years, the department has collected all kinds of abandoned bicycles.
“There has to be some kids missing a treasured item,” said Sgt. Jim Kraker.
As many as 38 adult- and adolescent-sized bicycles are in police storage, and Police Chief Bill Housely says not a single owner of a missing bicycle has called to claim one.
The bikes were “likely stolen and then just dumped,” Housely said.
For example, a group of six bicycles were found in weeds on the hillside next to the railroad tracks. Other bicycles were found lying in a large field.
It’s suspected many of the bikes were stolen for transportation then abandoned, Housely said.
They range from fully functional bicycles to junk parts.
The department has received no reports of stolen bicycles, and checks on serial numbers yielded no identifiable owners.
The police department is encouraging parents to claim their children’s missing bicycles or adults to claim their own.
“We need owners to come forward to provide info and convince us that their bicycle is here,” Housely said.
A bill of sale with the bicycle serial number is substantial proof, but if one is not available, providing a detailed description of the bicycle will do, the chief said.
The department hopes to reunite bicycles with owners by Oct. 1.
After that, any unclaimed bicycles could be forwarded to a public sale.