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Social media leads to recovery of stolen mountain bike

Social media may have its advantages, but it may not be the best place to sell stolen goods, according to a recent RCMP press release.

"On Aug. 5, at 2:25 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a report about a stolen mountain bike worth $5,000 for sale on a social media platform in Trail," said Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"Trail RCMP members facilitated a meeting with the social media contact who was advertising the mountain bike for sale. Trail RCMP officers met the contact at a residence in the 1900 block of Oak Street in Trail," Wicentowich said. "Officers confirmed that the mountain bike was stolen from a Trail yard approximately two years previous. Officers returned the mountain bike to a grateful owner."

He said the social media contact and residence will continued to be monitored by Trail RCMP.

The officers, working with the owner, acted quickly and prudently, and were able to recover the stolen mountain bike without incident," Wicentowich added. Trail RCMP encourages the public to continue to lock up their valuables, and mountain bikes are often an easy target for thieves. Please report all thefts, and sale of stolen property on social media, to the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566.