Do you recognise any of these bikes after 59 were stolen in Newport?

Police made the find following the arrest of a 38-year-old Newport man on suspicion of handling stolen goods

Police are desperately trying to reunite a haul of 59 bikes with their owners in Newport.

They made the discovery after officers from Gwent Police were tipped off about a stolen bike in Cardiff on Friday, April 23.

South Wales Police alerted the force which not only led them to arrest a 38-year-old Newport man on suspicion of handling stolen goods and theft but to make the find in Chepstow Road on Monday, May 3, at around 7.45pm.

The man has been released under investigation.

PC Shafiqul Khan said: “A large number of bicycles were found at this address in Newport during this search and we’re going through the process of identifying which bikes are stolen from those seized.

“Our investigation is ongoing, and our aim is to be able to return them to their rightful owners.

“We would urge anyone who recognises any of the bikes to get in contact.”

Officers at Gwent Police’s ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ team rely on a number of different strategies in a bid to track down and deter thieves.

Sergeant Jack Purcell said: “We would advise people to mark their belongings, especially bicycles, with forensic property marking technology, such as SmartWater for example, or a UV pen.

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“In the event of an item being stolen by thieves, it means that police can easily identify the property and return it to its owner.”

The police force his urging people who recognise the missing bikes by calling 101 quoting reference 2100154717 and to send a direct message on Facebook or Twitter.

People need to show proof of ownership if they are looking to recover the items.

WalesOnline – Wales News