BOISE -- A Boise man has been arrested and charged with trying to pawn a bicycle stolen from Boise State University.
Carl E. Alexander, 46, was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of grand theft by possession.
He is accused of trying to pawn a stolen bike at a pawn shop on N. Orchard Street Tuesday afternoon. Police believe he may have been selling it for someone else and are investigating whether others were involved in this crime.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
Boise Police are investigating whether Alexander is connected to similar crimes near BSU and the downtown area.
The bike in Alexander's possession was reported stolen near the BSU library on Monday. It had been registered by its owner who provided police with a serial number. That information was provided to area pawn shops and helped lead to Alexander's quick arrest.
"All bike owners should know there is a lot they can do to help find their bikes, or even prevent them from being stolen," said Property Crime Detective Jeff Dustin.
Officers say they have seen a spike in stolen bikes throughout the city lately. Citywide there have been 262 bikes reported stolen in 2008, compared with 116 in 2007. Those figures include bike thefts reported on the BSU campus.
Boise Police offer advice to bike owners:
- Always lock your bike, even if it's at a private home, if the bike is in plain view, like an open garage or a front porch or patio.
- Use a steel U-Lock through the bike frame. Cable locks can be cut. U-shape steel locks are available at local bike shops for approx. $35.
- Register your bike. Bike owners can register their bikes at , click on Online Services, or take your bike to the Boise State Campus Police Station, 1001 1/2 Lincoln Ave., across from the BSUSub.
- Consider using an engraver to place other identifying marks on the bike or it's parts. Officers say repeating the serial number or engraving another marking in several places on the bike can be very helpful in identifying a stolen bike.