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Chandler police say bicycle thieves may be part of large-scale ID theft ring

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:18 am | Updated: 5:32 pm, Tue Aug 21, 2012.

Chandler police are looking for two suspects involved in a bicycle theft who detectives believe are part of a large-scale identity theft ring operating throughout central and northern Arizona.

According to a news release, on May 31, a white male stole a 2011 Devinci Dexter RC bicycle from Performance Bikes at 5955 W. Ray Road. During the theft, the suspect, who is believed to be about 6-feet tall and 35-40 years of age, provided a false ID to store employees. The stolen bike is valued at $4,000.

On June 19, the stolen Devinci bicycle was pawned at the Superpawn located at 2916 E. Route 66 in Flagstaff. A white female, about 5-feet tall and 20-30 years of age, accompanied the theft suspect to the Superpawn, conducting the pawn transaction, according to police. During the pawn, the female presented what was later determined to be a false identification. The bicycle was pawned for $1,000.

Video surveillance from Superpawn captured the two suspects in the store at the time of the transaction. Investigators also learned the pair left the Superpawn in a gray Honda or Hyundai two-door passenger car. Police are seeking help identifying the suspects.

If you can identify either suspect, contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS (948-6377). Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and/ or indictment.

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