BOULDER, Colo. -- A man was arrested Monday on charges that he stole 43 bicycles in and around Boulder between May and September of last year.
John Samson III, 38, was already in custody at the Boulder County Jail on separate charges, the Boulder Police Department said. He faces 34 counts of theft, one count of burglary, one count of criminal trespass and one count of criminal mischief in connection with the bike thefts. Twenty-nine of those charges are felonies.
The bikes are worth a total of approximately $147,000, BPD estimated.
The majority of the thefts took place in the downtown business area during daylight hours, according to BPD. Most of the bikes were locked, either to bike racks or on vehicle racks. None of the stolen bikes have been recovered.
Several bicycles were stolen from the campus of Boulder High School, including five bikes belonging to the Boulder High School’s mountain bike team. Those bicycles had been stored in a locked trailer and were taken during flooding in the area.
Victims include local residents, people travelling through Colorado on vacation and at least one victim who had driven to Boulder for a bike competition, only to find his bicycle stolen the day before he was to compete, BPD said.
Anyone with information about these thefts was asked to contact Boulder Police at 303-441-3336.