BART seeks owners of recovered bikes, parts after arrest

Photo: BART

One of many bikes that were recovered following a recent arrest. Photo: BART

BART Police investigators are looking for the owners of more than 10 bicycles and a slew of bike parts after arresting a Richmond man on Sunday in Berkeley.

In a statement released Wednesday, police said they arrested 57-year-old Marque Moore after he tried to sell a stolen bike back to its owner near the Ashby Avenue BART station.

Officer Era Jenkins, BART police spokeswoman, said authorities got involved after the owner called the BART Police to let them know about the transaction.

According to the statement: “BART Police Officers were on hand when Moore agreed to meet at BART’s Ashby Station. The owner of the bike confirmed that the bicycle Moore was trying to sell was actually stolen from a residential burglary in the City of San Francisco three months prior.”

Police then searched Moore’s home in Richmond and recovered the bicycles, as well as 57 bike tires, 24 bike wheels, 26 wheels with tires, 21 bike seats, four bicycle frames and a gun and ammunition, according to the statement.

BART Police investigators are looking for the owners of the recovered items to identify and claim their property.

Police booked Moore at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in downtown Oakland on suspicion of two counts of possession of stolen property; being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and a violation of probation.

Additional counts may be added once items are confirmed to have been stolen, police said.

Moore is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with a bail of $105,000 and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 17, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

Photo: BART

Photo: BART

BART has posted photographs of the recovered bicycles, frames and other items online to give owners a chance to claim them, if they were, in fact, stolen.

Owners must provide a case number from a theft report, or other proof of ownership. Examples of proof include a receipt, record of the serial number, or other identifiable marks unique to the bicycle. The BART Police Investigations Unit can be reached at 510-464-7040.

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  • Tizzielish

    I can’t help wondering if he is the thief who got the security code, from a resident in my building, to the bike room in my building, pried open my kyrptonite lock, cut my second cable lock and stole my brand new Cannondale under full view of security cameras. A neighbor in my building had to be involved, at least to give the code, knowing the thief intended to steal bikes.

    Thanks Berkeleyside for reporting this. So few bikes are recovered. Perhaps you could add to your story that everyone should register the serial number for each bike with the Berkeley police. If you don’t do that, in the off chance that a stolen bike is recovered, it is very difficult for the police to get your found-stolen bike back to you. So register your bike serial numbers, everyone. And remember that many renters’ insurance policies would replace the stolen bike. I have been amazed by how many people have had their bikes stolen away from home and it never occurs to them to file a claim even when they have renters insurance. Now you see an incentive to carry full replacement fire and theft insurance, eh?!!

  • Tizzielish

    I bet this Richmond thief thought that since he had stolen the bike in SF, it was ‘safe’ to sell to bike buyers in the East Bay. A good happy ending to this bike’s owner. Hurrah.