Skiatook Police need help finding owners of recovered stolen bikes
SKIATOOK, Okla. (KTUL) -- Officers in Skiatook are trying to find the owners of bikes that have piled up at the department for months.
Police have recovered dozens of stolen bikes, so many that they’ve taken to social media for help find the owners.
It can be a painstaking process trying to identify stolen bikes based on vague clues.
But Chief James Dean has been tasked with that challenge.
Every few months the Skiatook Police Department recovers around 50 bikes.
Officers find them or people call them in to get picked up.
That happened today.
Dean was able to match a description to one at the police department and return it.
“Something as simple as a bicycle may mean a lot to somebody, there may be sentimental values or it may just be a bike," he said.
But that’s just one of the dozens of bikes still piled up.
Not including the countless others officers keep finding blocks away from where they were taken.
Dean doesn’t want people to think that finding a stolen bike outside your home means your neighborhood’s unsafe, but he does want people to not leave their bikes outside.
In fact, we saw some homes today with bikes outside.
Neighbor Ginni Zamora says her kids know better.
“We always make sure to have our bikes inside so that we don’t make our family and home a target," she said.
Dean posted his plea for help on Facebook this week asking for more people to come forward with details.
“If people would write their serial numbers down, they’re located on the bottom portion of the bicycle," he said.
The goal is to return all stolen bikes to their owners before the new year.
If Dean can’t find the owners, then he’ll donate them to charity.
In his mind, the bikes need to be in the hands of someone who will take care of them.
“To the kids, they're the ones that miss it the most and that’s why we're here anyways," said Dean.
If you think your bike has been taken, Dean is asking for a solid description of the bike.
If the details match up, then you can come retrieve your bike.