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  • Bicycle theft ring uncovered in Grants Pass

    Police arrest six men after two were caught trying to sell bicycle parts
  • GRANTS PASS — Six people were arrested Thursday in Grants Pass after trying to sell parts taken off three high-end bicycles stolen from a home on Prospect Avenue, police said.
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  • GRANTS PASS — Six people were arrested Thursday in Grants Pass after trying to sell parts taken off three high-end bicycles stolen from a home on Prospect Avenue, police said.
    Rosemarie Jerin, of the 1300 block of Prospect Avenue, returned home the evening of Sept. 14 to find three of her bicycles stolen during a burglary.
    Two of the bicycles were valued at $2,500 and one was worth $500, Jerin reported.
    On Thursday, Grants Pass police were called to Don's Bike Center for a report of two suspicious men attempting to sell bicycle parts.
    "The owner of the bike shop recognized the parts because he sold the bikes to the victim," Grants Pass police Detective Sgt. Dennis Ward said. "As soon as these two walked in, he knew something was up."
    One of the suspects, Jace Morgan, 18, fled the scene as police arrived. He soon was arrested on G Street and charged with first-degree theft by receiving.
    The second man was later identified as 18-year-old Drake Prunty. He also was charged with first-degree theft by receiving.
    Officers recovered two wheels and additional parts from the bikes taken during the burglary.
    The investigation led officers to the 400 block of J Street, where they arrested David Hamilton, 24, on charges of fist-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
    After arresting Hamilton, officers learned the bicycles were being held a block away from his home. They arrived at a house in the 300 block of J Street and arrested Frankie Navarro on a charge of first-degree theft by receiving.
    In addition, Joseph Brandt and Emerald Burton were arrested on charges of first-degree theft by receiving.
    Only one of the bicycles has been found, Ward said.
    "By selling the parts they were only receiving a fraction of what they truly were worth," Ward said.
    Ward said bicycle thefts are a problem in Grants Pass, though most suspects do not try to break them down to sell the parts.
    "We try to remain in contact with bike shops and pawn shops to see what's running through their businesses," Ward said. "It helps us keep track of items stolen from around town."
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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