A Tempe police operation targeting bike thefts in Tempe has led to three arrests since January.
During the course of “Operation: Bike Peddler,” several search warrants have been served and more than 30 bicycles have been recovered, according to Tempe police Sgt. Michael Pooley.
One of the bicycles was being sold on eBay, valued at $11,000, he said.
Loren Henderson, 46, Jeffrey Barthold, 51, and Brian Meier, 50, were arrested on suspicion of stealing and selling bicycles and bicycle parts in around Tempe, Pooley said.
Investigative leads, surveillance and field interviews led to the arrests.
Officers received information during the investigation that Henderson was trading drugs for stolen bikes and fraudulent/stolen identity items, Pooley said.
Over the course of the operation, authorities found drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine and several electronic items believed to be stolen, he said.
Police recommend that all bike owners register, photograph and record the serial numbers, as it greatly increases the chance of recovering their stolen property.
To register your bike in Tempe, visit www.tempe.gov/registeryourbike.