Multiple bikes stolen from Darien Train Station
Published 5:10 pm, Thursday, November 11, 2010
In an effort to go green, one resident found himself the victim of theft -- twice.
John Freeman would regularly ride his bike to the Darien Train Station because it was a quick and convenient trip from Prospect Avenue. However, after having two bikes stolen from the station parking lot, Freeman is wondering why nothing is being done to prevent the thefts.
"The nature of commuters is that you'll see the same people going to the station everyday," Freeman said. "I've noticed over that summer that the number of motor scooters increased; I don't know if it's part of some larger green awareness."
Even though Freeman didn't ride his bike to the station year round, he said it was still more enjoyable, and faster, than walking.
Freeman said he hadn't noticed so many bike thefts in past years, but noted that both of his bikes were locked up with heavy-duty cable locks.
"These locks are no nonsense locks," Freeman said. "They are just about as thick as your thumb."
In both cases where Freeman had his bikes stolen, he returned to the lot to find both bikes and locks gone. He also noticed that there weren't any metal filings on the ground where his bike was parked which meant the locks weren't being sawed through, he said. Freeman suspects that some type of bolt cutter was used to cut through the locks.
"Bolt cutters can cut through almost anything," Freeman said. "The locks are obviously being cut."
As far as possible culprits, Freeman suspects the thieves take the bikes and sell them to people in an area where bike transportation is needed.
Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron suspects the bike thefts are more than just a coincidence or a convenience because it appears higher end bike models are being targeted.
"Even though there have been numerous incidents in Darien, it's not limited to just this town," Marron said. "However, it is unusual to have as many thefts as we have had."
Marron did note that there hadn't been any recent thefts in at least the past week. As to why the thieves were taking the locks with the bikes, Marron suspects that it could be a case where the lock couldn't easily be removed from the bike, and that the locks, if left behind, would provide evidence for the police.
"Even though they were able to get the lock off of whatever the bike was locked to, it may still not be that easy to get the lock off the bike," Marron explained. "As to what they're doing with the bikes, it's tough to know unless they have a retail connection of some kind."
It isn't all bad news for the victims of bike theft because Marron explained that depending on the circumstances, there are many instances where bikes are recovered.
"We recover them a lot in some instances," Marron said. "We'll get a house burglary or car theft and find them stored away somewhere."
The chances of recovery are impacted by the circumstances under which the bikes are taken, but Marron said the police department is taking steps to try to determine who the bikes thieves are.
"We don't want to deter people from riding their bikes but we are asking the public to keep their eyes open and watch what's going on," Marron said. "We've come to the successful conclusion of many cases with the help of the public."
Because there aren't any cameras at the station, Freeman felt it was necessary to write a letter to the editor, warning people about the thefts.