Denver Police set up a sting and caught 33-year-old Richard Goodface. Investigators believe he broke into apartment buildings and storage areas where bicycles were being kept over the winter. Police believe he largely targeted downtown neighborhoods including Capitol Hill and Cherry Creek.
"He was passing over the less expensive bikes and going for the bigger-name bikes," DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
The bikes would quickly end up Craigslist, says Jackson, and the ads would be taken down shortly after the stolen bikes were sold.
"He was selling them relatively cheap," Jackson said. "If you're getting something that good, for that price, it was probably stolen."
Police are warning that people who bought bikes from Goodface, who would identify himself to buyers as "Bear", could be in possession of stolen property. Goodface used the phone number 720-435-6027 in his Craiglist ads, police say.
Investigators are asking anyone who believes they bought a bicycle from Goodface call police at 720-913-2000.
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