Arrests rare in theft of 1,200 bicycles in Tucson this year

TUCSON (AP) – Bicycle thefts in Tucson rarely are solved.

Police in the southern Arizona city say only 3 percent of the 1,200 reported thefts so far in 2017 have ended in arrests.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that it’s impossible to know how many of those are returned to their owners because police don’t track the figure.

Unlike vehicles, bicycles aren’t required to be registered.

Even if they’re found, police say the bikes often aren’t unique enough to link them to an owner.

Leif Abrell says his custom mountain bike stolen from his dining room in late September still is missing. He had mixed luck with a bright orange, three-wheeled cargo bike he reported stolen years ago.

Abrell says a friend spotted it on a police auction site but it already had sold.