Missoula Bike Shop Helps Police Catch Robbery Suspect

On August 23, 2022, a Missoula Police Department officer was contacted regarding a potential bike theft. A Bicycle Hanger employee informed the dispatcher that a man he recognized as 27-year-old Kincaid Jensen from previous contact had entered the store to attempt to have the suspension adjusted to suit its size and weight. Police public information officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.

“The employee knew Jensen because of the history of bike theft that Jensen and his twin brother have in our community,” Arnold said. “The serial number was traced back to the original retail store and the bike shop confirmed that the owner had recently reported the bike stolen. The employee was able to explain that the bike Jensen brought was not not suitable for Jensen’s size. The employee told Jensen. Jensen acted nervously and quickly left the store.

The bike carrier contacted the Missoula Police Department and explained what had just happened.

“The bike was originally reported to the police department the day before,” Arnold said. “An officer located Jensen on the bike near the Poverello center. The officer knew Jensen as Jensen is well known to law enforcement and has a history of stealing bikes. The officer knew that Jensen and his brother were homeless and unemployed and it would be unrealistic to afford to buy a bike or receive a bike of this value.

According to Arnold, the bike’s serial number was stolen and Jensen was arrested.

“Under Miranda, Jensen provided a statement that was not true,” Arnold said. “The officer was able to inform Jensen that the time frame provided by Jensen was not accurate and at that point Jensen changed his story. This story illustrates the importance of community involvement and contact with the 911. The Missoula Police Department appreciates the work done by the local bike shop who took the time to recover the stolen bike.

Because the value of the stolen bike exceeds $5,000, Jensen was charged with one count of felony theft.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.

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