Two men have been charged and a woman arrested following a police investigation into 50 incidents of bike theft across the Medway and Swale areas of Kent during the past 18 months.
The arrests, made on Thursday at addresses in Sheerness and Minster-on-Sea are the result of a combined operation by Kent Police and British Transport Police.
The stolen bicycles, said to be worth a combined total of £20,000, were taken from locations such as railway stations, leisure centres and supermarkets.
William Holden, aged 32 and of Granville Road, Sheerness, and 27-year-old Melvern Silcott, of Lapwing Close, Minster, were both charged with conspiracy to steal and were due to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Kent Police say that a 36-year-old woman from Minster has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to steal, and has been bailed until Friday, 17 October.
Detective Sergeant Ian Sanderson said: “Kent Police takes incidents of theft seriously and recognises the impact these types of offences have on residents, businesses and communities.
“Members of the public can take simple steps to not only reduce the risk of having property stolen but also to have items returned if taken, such as having their bicycles security-marked or engraved.”
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Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.