Couple irked with police after stolen bikes show up online

Couple irked with police after stolen bikes show up online
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A Boise couple became the target for bike thieves for the second time in three months.

Kayla Kincaid and Kyle Makovsky went to police but felt they were getting nowhere,and just when they thought they would never see their bikes again, they did for sale on Craigslist.

"I cried. I cried for a little bit," Kincaid said.

Kincaid and her boyfriend, Makovsky, were at a local bar. They had heavy duty locks for their bikes and locked them to a chain link fence. When they left at around 9 p.m. they found thieves had cut the fence and stolen their wheels.

"Well I was outraged because this is now the second bike I've had had stolen in three months," Kincaid said.

Kincaid and Makovsky filed police reports. While in the process of getting a new bike, Kincaid learned stolen Boise bikes were popping up on Craigslist.

"I went back to campus and started to look on Portland's Craigslist and found Kyle's bike who was stolen along with mine."

A few days later, Kincaid's bike popped up in the same place. She said she was surprised thieves didn't bother to remove the Boise stickers from where the bikes were sold, and recognized the signature tires and other accessories.

"I just felt disbelief at first because it just happened to both of us like two months ago and just really kind of angry," Makovsky said.

Makovsky actually ended up driving to Portland and scheduling a meeting with the seller. He decided not to meet face to face for safety reasons, but snapped a photo and gathered some information about the seller. He turned over everything he discovered to police.

"The Boise Police never came out and said that it's not a big priority, it's just kind of the way things felt, but Portland pretty much said we can't deal with this," Makovsky said.

The Truth Squad contacted the Portland Police Bureau and they released a statement explaining with limited resources bike thieves fall lower on the pecking order.

"If the person calling reported the theft and had the serial number, it can help but it's not as simple as going to pick up the bike," the statement read.

Boise Police agreed explaining they face resource limitations as well.

"We just can't drop everything we are doing to drive to Portland and pick up the bikes. We call Portland PD to ask them to assist us and obviously we fall into the list of things they have to do and they have to prioritize what's more important," Detective Jeff Dustin said.

The cyclists say they are still upset and hope their story warns others in the cycling community.


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