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Hundreds of abandoned bikes end up at PD

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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 22, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville Police Department is over-run with hundreds of bicycles. Officers say they're mainly kids bikes that have been either lost, stolen, or abandoned. To solve this problem, they're working on a bike registration drive to make sure if you're bike is ever stolen, you can get your hands on it again.  

"Seeing if they have it.  I haven't seen it yet."  Twelve-year-old Quinton Young started out hopeful when he stopped by the Thomasville Police Department Tuesday. His bike was stolen a few weeks ago.  "When I went to the store, it was like 2 seconds.  I went in and I came back out and the bike was gone!"

It's a common occurrence, and police say they're seeing it even more these days.  "It being summer, they're constantly coming in. Almost every day," explains Captain Mark Scott with the Thomasville Police Department.

They've got dozens in the police station impound lot but they don't all fit. There are a couple hundred more at the city's public works department.  You can tell by the rust on some they've been sitting here a while, some up to 2 years!

Officers want to make sure that if you're bike is ever lost or stolen, they can get it back to you. Unfortunately, if you've never written down the serial number, that's a difficult thing to do.  "If they report it stolen and we recover the bike, its very difficult to match what we've found, with what was reported," says Scott.

That's why the PD is working on a bike registration drive. They say its smart to take action now and fill out one of their forms with your name and contact information along with a description of your bike and the serial number. You can normally find that underneath your bike.

Young says despite quick action, it might be too late for his bike.  "We called the officer. They went looking for it and still haven't found it yet." 

Officers hope if they can get enough people to register their bikes now, this problem won't pile up on them again.  Whatever bikes go unclaimed will eventually be auctioned off. The police department wants anyone who's missing a bike to stop by the station between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday to see if they can identify their bike.

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