The City Police have charged a bicycle shop owner with handling stolen goods after 250-400 stolen bicycles were found in his shop in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen.
It was pure coincidence that led the police to launch an investigation.
“We have not finished counting yet, but we’re looking at all kinds of bicycles. Christiania bicycles and other expensive bicycles,” Sajjad Haider, the lead investigator, said according to DR Nyheder.
“A man recognised his bicycle in the shop as it was being repainted.”
100,000 stolen each year
When the police arrived on the scene, the police discovered, via their bicycle registry, that the shop was brimming with hundreds of stolen bicycles.
Bicycle theft is a massive problem in Denmark. Every year, about 100,000 bicycles – worth about 250 million kroner in total – are stolen nationwide every.
But the police usually can’t do anything about reported bike thefts as they don’t have the resources.