Copenhagen cops bust up international bike theft ring

Lithuanian gang arrested for systematic theft of hundreds of bicycles in Copenhagen

“I can confirm that the dispute concerns the right to produce rectangular chips,” says Kims' CEO (photo: Kims' official website)
September 3rd, 2012 4:01 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Copenhagen Police have arrested a group of 12 Lithuanian nationals thought to all belong to a gang that has been stealing and sending up to 100 bikes a week out of the country.

Police inspector Karl Erik Agerbo from Task Force Indbrud, a Zealand burglary task force, said that the department has had their eye on the thieves for a while.

“We investigated the case for a month and have now made some arrests,” Agerbo said.

The gang plucked new and expensive bikes costing in the 5,000-10,000 kroner range from train stations and other locations around the city. They hid the stolen bikes in wooded areas in Vestskoven and Fasanskoven until they had enough to ship to Lithuania.

“We believe that they may have been sending as many as 100 bicycles each week out of the country for some time, but at this stage we really do not know how many bikes in total may have been taken,” Agerbo said.

Police in Lithuania and Latvia, where the gang was storing the stolen bikes, are cooperating with Copenhagen police to get the bikes returned to their rightful owners.

“If a bike has been reported stolen and the registration number is on file, we can probably figure out who it belongs to,” Agerbo said.

The 12 men arrested were between 18 and 25 years old. They are all being held on theft charges. Some are also charged with burglary for breaking into a residence to steal the tools they used to break locks on the bikes.

“We believe that we have them all," said Agerbo. “Now the job is to see that they are prosecuted and get the stockpiled bikes back home.”

The Danish flag will be flying high today (photo:Per Palmkvist Knudsen)
Today’s Date: Military flagday
July 1 is the official military flagday that commemorates the Battle of Kø...
(photo: Jimmy Katz)
July events: Celebrating the sounds of the icons
Summer jazz ongoing, ends July 11; venues in Frederiksberg & Valby; ...
DR and TV2 still have the rights to the Olympics in Rio in 2016, so enjoy them while you can (photo: Magnus Manske)
DR waiting to discover whether its Olympic dream is in jeopardy
There is uncertainty over whether Danish viewers will be able to watch the ...
(photo: Hamletscenen.dk)
July Performance: King Lear gets the hand-in-glove treatment
Shakespeare’s Puppets July 1-30 (not Fridays), 13:00; Kronborg Castl...
“I can confirm that the dispute concerns the right to produce rectangular chips,” says Kims' CEO (photo: Kims' official website)
War brewing in Denmark over the size of crisps
“We are the only ones that can sell square potato chips to the Danes,”...
In some cases, upper secondary education may be “… a waste of young people's time”, says expert (photo: Adityamanutd)
Danish high school a waste of time and money if it isn’t for university, says expert
An expert has criticised students for taking their upper secondary school d...