Revelstoke pro-mountain biker Stu Dickson is one of the latest victimes of bike thieves in the community.
The sponsored biker, who rides for Devinci Cycles, had high-end Devinci Troy and Devinci Spartan bikes stolen from his downtown home last Monday, May 23.
“These things are my life. Don’t know what to do without them!” he wrote on Facebook in a post that has been shared 1,669 times.
Dickson told the Review he just returned from a BC Enduro Series race in Williams Lake, B.C. (which he won) when the theft occurred. Instead of locking them away right away, he left the bikes on the front porch and went inside. When he came back out 30 minutes later, the bikes were gone.
He’s not the only one to fall victim to thieves this year. According to Cpl. Thomas Blakney of the Revelstoke RCMP, there has been seven bike thefts in Revelstoke this spring. Unfortunately, in all cases, the bikes were left unlocked and grabbed by opportunistic thieves.
Blakney said four of the thefts involved high-end bikes. “We tell people if the bike is important to you, record your serial number and take a photo of your bike,” he said.
Blakney said they have recovered stolen bikes in the past, but generally there is little the RCMP can do to track them down, other than put a bulletin out to other RCMP and Crime Stoppers.
A serial number can help them track the bike, but often thieves rub them out.
He said RCMP didn’t have any ideas on who was responsible for the thefts.
“When you have seven of them, that’s enough to indicate someone’s up to something,” Blakney said.