A man from Southport has been charged after an Ainsdale resident saw their stolen bike being stole online.
The bike was stolen from a house in Ainsdale, only for the owner to spot someone attempting to sell it.
1/2 Following the theft of a pedal cycle in Ainsdale the owner has recognised it being advertised on a social media selling site.
— MerPol Southport (@MerPolSouthport) March 26, 2017
A 37-year-old male has been charged with handling stolen goods.
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Following the theft of a pedal cycle in Ainsdale the owner has recognised it being advertised on a social media selling site.
“A 37 year old local male has been arrested and charged with handling stolen goods.
Officers are warning cyclists to ensure bikes are left secure after a spate of thefts in Southport town centre.
“Thieves continue to target bikes left on Chapel Street, in the town centre ” the spokesman added.
“If you must bring your bike into town, use a D lock or heavy duty chain.
“Cheaper, poor quality locks are being cut off with bolt cutters.
“Register your bike’s frame number at& consider property marking it with Smartwater or similar, to aid recovery.”
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