Victoria Police have arrested a suspected bike thief after he posted an advertisement trying to sell the item online.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, a woman reported that her bike was missing from a secured underground parking garage in the 600-block of Michigan Street.

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Once she had made the report, she decided to keep an eye out on local used goods websites for her property.

Sure enough, the bike appeared for sale online just six days later.

A friend of the victim contacted the seller and offered to buy the bike. When the time came to meet, a VicPD plainclothes officer attended the meeting instead.

The seller was promptly taken into custody and the bike was returned to its rightful owner.

“The victim’s tenacity and online search for her bicycle greatly assisted the investigation and the suspect’s identification and arrest,” said VicPD in a statement.

One way to protect your bike from theft is by registering it with VicPD’s free online bike registry at vicpd.ca/bike.