Police find racing bicycles stolen from pro riders

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Police find racing bicycles stolen from pro riders

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:18 PM

BOISE -- Boise Police now say they have found all of the professional racing bicycles that were stolen from a trailer parked outside the Holiday Inn near the Boise Airport. The bikes belong to Team TIBCO who is in town for the Exergy Tour. The bikes are in good shape and will be returned as soon as they are processed as evidence.

Police located six of those bikes locked together to a bike rack on the BSU campus around noon after they got a tip from a citizen that the bikes looked like the ones they saw in the pictures. Around 2 p.m., police on scene say they found the rest of them as well as some they didn't know were missing.

Police say the bikes were found scattered around campus in three seperate places. Seven were located near Taco Bell Arena and another three by the student rec center. They are continuing to investigate.

Police believe the TIBCO bikes were stolen between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. The victims told police the thief, or thieves, cut a lock on the trailer to take the bikes inside.

It was not the kind of welcome a team of bike riders from California was hoping for when they came to Idaho.

Some of the racers had their bikes with them up in their hotel rooms, but half of the team had them in the trailer. The bikes are more aerodynamic and specifically designed to help racers go fast. The team is supposed to ride on those bikes Thursday night and at the individual time trials in Kuna.

The TIBCO bicycles are all specialized X-work bikes with Reynolds wheels. The road bikes are red and white, eight of those were stolen. The time trial bikes are a greyish black, and six of those were taken. The bikes are each worth about $9,000.

If you have any information on who may have taken these bikes or where they are please call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.  Police are offering a reward up to $1,000 for information about this case.

The person, or people, responsible for the theft could face multiple felony charges when they are identified.

The Exergy Tour is a five-day international women's professional bike race that will wind through several communities in southwest Idaho.

The race starts Thursday, but you're invited to meet the racers tonight in Boise.

The team presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Grove Plaza as part of a celebration of the race and the upcoming Summer Olympics in London.

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