2012-10-19 11:08 PDT
In September, 2012 two North Vancouver residents alerted police that they had located their recently stolen bicycles for sale, on-line. The North Vancouver RCMP Property Crime Unit launched an investigation which led them to a 44 year old male suspect living in Vancouver.
On October 18, 2012 search warrants were executed on Gordon Sinclaire Blackwell's residence and storage locker. Police recovered eight stolen high end bikes along with thousands of dollars of bicycle parts. Blackwell has been charged with one count of Possession of Stolen Property and one count of Trafficking in Stolen Property. Blackwell has been held in custody on Parole Violations and is to appear in court on the alleged charges.
The North Vancouver RCMP Property Crime Unit is familiar with the accused as they arrested Blackwell in 2009 for possessing dozens of stolen high end bicycles under the guise of a bike rescue company. Blackwell was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for his involvement in the stolen bike scheme. Blackwell was again arrested in 2011 by Vancouver Police for selling a stolen bike on-line. He was only released from jail on that charge in July of this year, still on parole. (click for larger image)
The North Vancouver RCMP has identified one owner of the recovered eight bicycles and is asking for the public's assistance for the others. The stolen bikes that need to be identified are:
If you have had one of the above bikes stolen recently please contact the North Vancouver RCMP Property Crime Unit at 604-985-1311. Please provide as much detail as possible about your stolen bike in order to properly identify it.
Cpl. Richard De JongMedia Relations / Crime Reduction Unit