Folsom police recovered 17 bicycles worth $85,000 in a sting operation to buy a suspected stolen bike. News10/KXTV
FOLSOM, Calif. - Folsom police have recovered 17 bicycles worth $85,000 in a sting operation to buy a suspected stolen bike.
The Trek bicycles, valued at approximately $5,000 each, were in a trailer that was stolen in April, 2014, from Folsom Bike Shop.
"It seemed like such a professional job," said store owner Erin Gorrell.
Gorrell said her store was getting ready for a demo day, where customers could test ride bikes. The bikes had been put in a trailer behind her shop when thieves saw the trailer and stole it.
"Not only did they steal the bikes, they took the trailer and torched it in a field somewhere," said Gorrell.
After the theft, Gorrell spread the word to other bike shops in the area. She gave them descriptions of the bikes and serial numbers. Two months later, a man walked into a Roseville bike shop with a bike that caught everyone's attention.
"This customer was extremely excited because they just bought a bike off Craigslist that's $5,000 for $2,000," said Gorrell.
Gorrell says that was an instant red flag. She says the serial number on the bike was also etched off.
"Fortunately enough the customer still had the number he purchased the bike from, so I was told police set up a sting operation," said Gorrell.
Folsom Police detectives arrested Ishkan Amirkhanyan, 36, of Citrus Heights.
Investigators searched Amirkhanyan's home in Citrus Heights, where investigators found 15 additional bikes from the April theft.
Police booked Amirkhanyan into the Sacramento County Jail for possession of stolen property.