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Man sees his stolen bike on Craigslist, helps police make arrest

Posted by Metro Desk  October 8, 2010 01:39 PM

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Two teens who turned to Craigslist to market allegedly stolen bikes found some buyers this morning -- Boston police detectives, who promptly arrested both of them.

Police said a man's bike was stolen Oct. 4 and this morning he spotted the bike for sale for $200 on Craigslist. The man told police he had contacted the ''sellers'' and told them he was interested in buying the white bike.

Backed by police, the victim set up a meeting at 560 Huntington Ave. today. Police said the teens showed up -- on bikes. But they weren't riding the man's white bike, and instead said they had already sold it.

Police stepped forward and the teens allegedly admitted they were riding stolen bikes. They were both charged with larceny over $250 and identified as Michael J. Williams, 18 of Dorchester and Myles McLean, 17 of Roxbury.

Detectives did some more work and were able to recover the man's stolen white bike, police said.

There is a footnote to the case. In 2008, the man's bike was also stolen and he paid a reward to the teen who recovered it. Police said that teen was McLean, who showed up at the victim's house even though reward posters never listed his address.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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