THIS alleged bike thief in Delta was not only riding a stolen bike, but he was also carrying a stolen bike.
And he would probably have got away with them, but for the fact that he was not wearing a helmet.
On Wednesday, a North Delta Secondary student approached a Delta Police school liaison officer to report that a bike he’d locked to the fence at the school the previous day had been stolen.
Through investigation, Delta Police determined a potential suspect and ensured that information was circulated in the department.
The next day, Delta Police’s Patrol Support Team, a team that supplements the work of the frontline officers, noted a man near the high school who was riding a bike without a helmet on, while carrying another bike. Police stopped the man to speak with him about not wearing a helmet.
Police pointed out to him that the ticket for not wearing a helmet was the same as the cost of purchasing a helmet from the store.
While speaking with the man, officers were able to identify him, and noted that he appeared to be in violation of a number of court ordered conditions. Officers then determined that the bike which the man was riding was confirmed to be stolen the previous day from near the high school. The man was then arrested for possession of stolen property.
Terry Lee Pipe, 43, of Surrey has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, as well as three counts of failing to comply with court ordered conditions. He is considered known to police.
The bike that the suspect was carrying was also found to be stolen and police are trying to find its owner.
Delta Police public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf said: “However, we’re happy to report that the bike stolen from the NDS student has been returned to its owner who proclaimed, “Thank you this is the best day ever!””
If you believe you are the owner or know the owner of the recovered bike, contact Delta Police at 604-946-4411 and refer to file 19-11965.