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Bike shop raided and two people arrested in joint operation in York

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Two men were arrested this morning (Friday 10 March) as part of Operation Lucas, a British Transport Police investigation into conspiracy to steal bikes in North Yorkshire

Warrants were executed at three addresses across York, two residential properties and a bike shop.

The men, aged 34 and 46, are currently being held in police custody where they will be interviewed by detectives.

More then 20 officers from British Transport Police and North Yorkshire Police were involved in the operation. A representative from Bike Register was also on hand to check the bikes in both the shop and the men’s homes.

Twelve bikes were seized along with a computer, mobile phones and approximately £12,000 in cash. 

Sergeant Nigel Ashworth from BTP said: “The arrests made this morning as part of Operation Lucas are the result of a five month investigation into the theft and sale of around £20,000 of bikes from across North Yorkshire.

“We believe that expensive bikes and bike parts have been stolen to order.  Some of the bikes that have been seized are valued at more than £4,000.  There is big money in the cycle market which is being exploited by organised criminals.

“Our investigations are ongoing and it is likely that more arrests will follow.  I would appeal to anyone who may have any information in relation to this to contact us on  0800 405040 or text 61016 in strict confidence."

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