Investigators searched two residences in downtown Carlsbad on Friday and Tuesday and found 35 bicycles and other various bicycle parts.
During the search, five people were arrested for drug charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Sasway. Those arrested were 31-year-old Che Stang, 32-year-old Brian Gutierrez, 30-year-old Steven Gutierrez, 35-year-old Keelan Stocks and 35-year-old Joshua Brandt.
“We believe there’s a strong connection between street level narcotics use and the theft of these bikes," said Lt. Peter Pascual.
The five were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.
During the past couple of months the City of Carlsbad experienced a significant increase in the number of bicycles being reported stolen. The thefts prompted a special and ongoing investigation that resulted in the recovery of the bicycles.
“I think we found a group of people responsible for the bulk of the trend we’ve identified," said Pascual.
Community members that have recently had their bicycles stolen are asked to contact the police department at 760-931-2142 or firstname.lastname@example.org to identify and recover their bicycle.
Police recommend the community should consider:
- Taking photos of sporting equipment like bicycles and record the serial number.
- Bicycles can be registered on Saturday mornings between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., at local fire stations.
- When not in use, store bicycles inside a closed garage or other area of a house.
- When out-and-about, always lock-up a bicycle.