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    bike thief caught

    sorry for all the rumors, I just read this on the Facebook Austin Bike Theft Recovery board:

    "Bicycle thief breaking into Zilker neighborhood homes and garages!! APD is looking for victims of these crimes. I spoke with APD early this am and then again just now on Anita Dr. They've recovered the stolen bicycles and are looking for the owners. These are high end bicycles one being a specialized and the other a cannondale I believe. This is a long term criminal that APD has been chasing for two years. Please contact Detective Knutson APD at (512)974-5917. Thanks."

    Again, sorry it's so generic and uncomfirmed. if you had a "high end" bicycle stolen lately, this might be your chance.
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    is this that ashy knee b!tch that was creeping peoples garages at night?
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    Put them in touch with Hill Abel at BSS (he's the owner). Pretty sure he lives in that neck of the woods and I believe he was hit.
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    ashy knee mofo caught?!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    Put them in touch with Hill Abel at BSS (he's the owner). Pretty sure he lives in that neck of the woods and I believe he was hit.
    Austin Police arrest man connected to 97 high-end bike thefts | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KEYE

    AUSTIN, Texas A man accused of stealing at least 97 bicycles in the Austin area since 2013 has been arrested.

    According to an arrest affidavit, police believe 30-year-old Marcelino Avelar-Rapalo is behind a series of bike thefts in the Central West and South West areas of Austin.

    Law enforcement officials say that some of the stolen bikes turned up as far south as Harlingen.

    APD says the department has taken a minimum of 97 nighttime bicycle thefts of high-end bikes valued between $1,000 and $12,000.

    In these cases, the suspect entered a garage, shed, or residence between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to steal the bikes.

    Police say that a report was made of one of the stolen bicycles turning up on Craigslist for sale in McAllen, Texas. Police searched Craigslist using the phone number listed on the ad and discovered several more stolen bikes listed from the same seller.

    APD coordinated a buy/bust with the Harlingen Police Department and found the seller, identified as 38-year-old Juan Valdez, to be in possession of 6 bicycles, 4 of which matched descriptions of bikes stolen in Austin, including a Cervelo P4 valued at $10,000.

    During questioning, Valdez said he purchased the bikes from Juan Carlos Munoz of Austin. Valdez said he purchased the 6 bicycles for a total of $5,000, and that he met Munoz while shopping at a flea market in San Antonio.

    Valdez said he had bought around 30 bikes from Munoz over the last 3 years, and denied knowing the bicycles were stolen.

    An Austin Police detective spoke with Munoz in October and showed him pictures of the stolen bicycles and asked if Munoz remembered buying or selling the bikes. Munoz stated he bought 3 of the 4 bikes from a man referred to as "Tuft" due to his tuft hair style.

    Munoz provided police with Tuft's address, phone number and the information that Tuft worked at a local pizza restaurant. Munoz said that when he purchased the bikes from Tuft, they were stored inside Tuft's 2004 Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

    Detectives used this information to identify Tuft as Avelar-Rapalo. The Toyota SUV registered to Avelar-Rapalo matches the description provided by Munoz as containing the stolen bikes, as well as an SUV spotted in the area of the bicycle burglaries. Surveillance pictures from one of the burglaries also feature a suspect that matches the physical description of Avelar-Rapalo.

    After detectives determined that he was involved in the burglaries, Avelar-Rapalo was put under covert surveillance in early November. On 2 consecutive days, Avelar-Rapalo left his home around 1:47 a.m. and traveled through the areas where multiple bike burglaries had taken place.

    Detectives also determined from Avelar-Rapalo's driving patterns and the light traffic in the area that he took side streets and made unusual stops determined to be heat checks--a method of determining if he was being followed by police.

    Austin Police received two calls of burglaries in the area where Avelar-Rapalo had been, at which point a search warrant was issued for his residence and vehicle. The two stolen bicycles were recovered.

    Detectives questioned Avelar-Rapalo who confessed to stealing the two bikes recovered in the search and to several other burglaries. Police say Avelar-Rapalo gave specific details of how the burglaries were committed which would not be commonly known.
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    Hats off to APD.
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    I'll take my bike back now.
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    Damn. Our tax dollars at work. Good job APD.

    Honestly, I was expecting this guy to break into the wrong garage one night and get filled full of holes. Glad it didn't come to that.

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    Guess I can toss my Dollar Tree cable lock in the trash now.
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    Boom! That's great to hear. APD FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Guess I can toss my Dollar Tree cable lock in the trash now.
    This is a good point. Greater Austin *IS* a safer place (for bike owners) now.

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    Based on that, sounds like a Felony conviction. Breaking into homes, stealing more than $10k.
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    Let me get this straight.

    1. Juan Valdez traded in his donkey for a stolen $10k Cervelo.
    2. The profit from the theft of 97 high end bikes isn't enough to keep you from slinging dough at a pizza joint or buying a car that isn't 10+ years old.
    3. Perps on the street are identified by their haircuts.
    4. There is such a thing as 'heat check' and you have to worry about that at 2 am.

    This is great news and I applaud APD for getting out there and addressing this before someone really got hurt. I double applaud the individual that managed to release all those details about this story.
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    Is that two bike thieves in one week?
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    So it this that thing in the vid?
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    I hope they waterboard his punk ass until he shits his pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docscotty View Post
    I hope they waterboard his punk ass until he shits his pants.
    He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous, perverted worm! Hanging's too good for him. Burning's too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

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    It's comforting to know the name of the guy who crept around in my house as my family slept. All better now!

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    bike thief caught

    Police say Avelar-Rapalo gave specific details of how the burglaries were committed which would not be commonly known.

    Does anyone know what are the specific details on how this guy broke into the garage ? So bike owner like us knows how to prevent from being targeted.
    Last edited by hawkhai; 12-05-2015 at 12:21 AM.

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    It would also be interesting to know how he picked the victims. Did he see a nice bike on the back of a car then lookup the address that the car license plate was registered to then break into that house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_jeremy View Post
    It would also be interesting to know how he picked the victims. Did he see a nice bike on the back of a car then lookup the address that the car license plate was registered to then break into that house?
    All this info is probably part of the plea bargain so he gets 90 days in jail! Arrrgh!

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