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Juvenile in custody for bike theft

By Staff | Jul 15, 2009

THE GOODS — Many of the stolen bicycles are being held at the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department.

A joint investigation between the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and the Sistersville Police Department has resulted in the recovery of several stolen bicycles.

According to Sheriff Bob Kendle, several complaints of missing bicycles were received from residents of Middlebourne and Sistersville. During the investigation it was learned an adult male on Cow House had been confronted, assaulted and robbed by a 15-year-old male. As a result, a bicycle was stolen along with a .22 caliber revolver, which according to witnesses the male subject was showing around Sistersville.

The juvenile has since been taken into custody and the revolver recovered. Additionally, 10 bicycles have been recovered along with various parts.

It is believed that the bicycles were stolen from one town and ridden to another town in the middle of the night. The bicycles were then taken to a garage on Bridgeway in Middlebourne where a make-shift ‘chop shop’ was set up. Many of the bicycles were parted out and repainted.

“This was a good intra-agency investigation,” commented Kendle. “Everyone in each department worked to get the case solved.”

Many of the recovered bicycles are being housed at the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department in Middlebourne.

Anyone who has recently lost a bicycle is asked to contact the TCSD at 304-758-4229 or SPD at 304-652-1570.