CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — On Wednesday police said officers had taken 88 reports of stolen bicycles so far in 2014. That is six more than the 82 reported by mid-July in 2013. Law enforcement said reports of missing bikes weren’t concentrated in one particular area of the city.
Of the bikes taken so far this year, Public Safety spokesperson Greg Buelow said 12 were found and returned to their owners.
Karl Moscrip, who owns Hall Bicycle in downtown Cedar Rapids, says he’s seen more customers this year looking to replace a stolen bike. With RAGBRAI starting this weekend, he says cyclists should be extra vigilant.
“There have been, in the past, groups that kind of follow RAGBRAI along and steal bikes. That’s what they do. There’s a whole pile of bikes lined up outside, they’ll grab a couple that aren’t locked, throw them in a truck, and off they go,” Moscrip said.
He recommends using a lock at all times, even if the rider is only leaving the bike unattended for a few minutes.