Missoula Bike Shop Helps Police Catch a Theft Suspect
On August 23rd, 2022, a Missoula Police Department officer was contacted regarding a potential bike theft. An employee of the Bicycle Hanger informed dispatch that a male whom he recognized as 27-year-old Kincaid Jensen from prior contacts, had come into the store to attempt to have the suspension adjusted for his size and weight. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.
“The employee was familiar when Jensen because of the history of bike theft Jensen and his twin brother have in our community,” Arnold said. “The serial number was tracked to the original selling store and the bike store confirmed the owner had recently reported the bike stolen. The employee was able to articulate the bike brought in by Jensen was not suited for the size of Jensen. The employee told Jensen. Jensen acted nervously and quickly left the store.”
The Bicycle Hanger contacted the Missoula Police Department and explained what had just occurred.
“The bike had originally been reported to the police department the day prior to this,” Arnold said. “An officer located Jensen on the bike near the Poverello Center. The officer knew Jensen since Jensen is well known to law enforcement and has a history of stealing bikes. The officer knew that both Jensen and his brother are homeless and unemployed and it would be unrealistic for either to have the means to purchase a bike or be gifted the bike of this value.”
According to Arnold, the serial number on the bike returned stolen and Jensen was placed under arrest.
“Under Miranda, Jensen provided a statement that was not true,” Arnold said. “The officer was able to advise Jensen the time frame provided by Jensen was not accurate and at that point, Jensen changed his story. This story exemplifies the importance of community involvement and contacting 911. The Missoula Police Department appreciates the work done by the local bike shop who took the time to get the stolen bike recovered.”
Because the value of the stolen bike exceeds $5,000, Jensen was charged with one count of felony theft.
The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.