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Thieves arrested after stolen bike shows up for sale on flea market app

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Police in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested two high school students, aged 16 and 17, on suspicion of stealing an electric bicycle and then attempting to resell it on a flea market app.

According to police, the bike owner, a 39-year-old man who lives in Kishiwada City, saw his bike, which was stolen in early November and valued at 190,000 yen, listed on the app and pretended to be an interested buyer, Kyodo News reported. After exchanging messages with the suspects via the app, he notified police.

Police traced the bike to a housing complex in Izumi and staked out the building. The 17-year-old boy who lived in an apartment there was arrested Tuesday. The other boy was arrested later in the day.  

Additionally, police said they found five other stolen electric bicycles at both boys’ homes.

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These boys were not going to stop with five stolen bike they were already primed to be career criminals. Young thieves in the making!

police said they found five other stolen electric bicycles at both boys’ homes.

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Police traced the bike to a housing complex in Izumi and staked out the building.  

In my experience, police in Osaka go all out for stolen bikes and not much for anything else.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Good, those clowns must be punished..

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"Additionally, police said they found five other stolen electric bicycles at both boys’ homes."

BINGO! Good work, officers!

4 ( +9 / -5 )

These kids need to be reformed, pinching bikes is nit such a bad thing, bad for the owners but not face to face bad things. Hopefully they can be reformed and learn their lesson.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

sakura

Yeah, after I waited ten minutes while he called in all the details on my card and checked about me, what a pillock

Been stopped twice before in my 22 years here but showing my card was always enough for them to go away.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Imagine if you had real crime and criminals to deal with.

Really .."".Staking out the suspects home "

Just laughable...

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

This is why I live in Japan. This qualifies as a crime news story. Such simplistic crime where nobody is killed.

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I must say, great job by the police. In most countries a stolen bike would only get a shrug of the shoulders from the police.

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I thought to buy one but electric bikes are very expensive and open to theft. Needs insurance.

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Not very bright. I hope they learn a lesson that crime doesn't pay.

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Needs insurance.

Needs a very strong chain, more like. The kind used on motorbikes.

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Electric bikes need a tag so they can be traced.

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In most countries a stolen bike would only get a shrug of the shoulders from the police.

I imagine they initially did do very little. But the owner did the hard work and gifted them a collar.

A friend of mine did a similar thing in London. He set up an alert on ebay when a bike matching his description was listed. He then arranged a meeting with the thief to buy it, at which point the law pounced. Apparently the cops really enjoyed it.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Best way to keep a bicycle safe is to take the front wheel off and take with you.

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