Duluth Police Want to Reunite Owners and Bikes

October 12, 2017 10:55 PM

Bikes are a common sight across the city of Duluth. Most have riders, or are on the front of a DTA bus. But each week, three to five of them are found abandoned or lost across the city. 

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Jen Mangan, a Property and Evidence Specialist for the Duluth Police Department, showed us two dozen bikes that have been called in, in the past month. They are inside a garage unit at the department. Some are high end, and some aren't. But all used to have owners.

"We are now trying to make a better effort to contact the owners. And social media seems to be the easiest way, nowadays, to let people know we have the bikes," she explained.

She put up a post on the department's Facebook page on Wednesday. And as of Thursday, she had received about 25 calls. Unfortunately, none of them were matches. But she encourages people to continue to check. Because police can't keep all of these bikes forever. In fact, after 30 days, they are considered abandoned property, and go to an auction company.

"I'd much rather give it back to its owner than send it to auction," Mangan said. They've already had several auctions this past summer. 

Another piece of advice she had is to always record the serial number on your bike. That way, if it's lost or stolen, and then recovered, it's easier to get back.

If you are missing a bike, please call the Property and Evidence Unit. Provide as much information about your bike as possible: 218-730-5130



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