A man from Odense in Denmark was recently convicted by the police, which describes as an extensive sale of animal bicycles.
Over a period of time, the man has stolen expensive bicycles, mainly electric bicycles, which he later tried to sell on the Danish site dba.dk.
The verdict contains both healing, ie that he has tried to hide or consume stolen goods, and document forgery of a serious nature, writes Funen police in a press release.
– Impossible to know that they were stolen
Several people bought bicycles from the 40-year-old in good faith that it was a legal purchase. The convicted man “laundered” the bicycles before buying so that they appeared legal.
Among other things, he changed the frame number of the bicycles so that they would not be shown stolen if they were searched in the police bicycle register.
The convict told his customers that they had a right to complain about the bikes, he had several bikes in stock, gave them a receipt to buy and said that he was running a legal business.
– It is therefore my opinion that it has been almost impossible for the buyers to know that they have actually bought a stolen bicycle, says prosecutor Sara Larsen about the case.
Sentenced to prison
The prosecutor is in no doubt that the man has stolen bicycles and run a business to make money.
The 40-year-old has been in possession of stolen bicycles and accessories worth around 1.4 million Danish kroner. That is NOK 1.9 million.
There are 100 offended in the case, with at least 59 of them being private individuals and the rest from three bicycle dealers. Those involved are people who had their bikes stolen and those who thought they had bought a new bike.
Police have not been able to find all the owners of the bikes yet, as the frame number has been changed on several of the bikes.
The case was conducted as a confession case, and the man is sentenced to one year and nine months in prison for healing and forgery of a particularly serious nature.