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Tempe police officers made their third arrest Saturday as part of "Operation: Bike Peddler."
Loren Henderson, 46, of Tempe was arrested for drug crimes, misconduct involving weapons, and resisting arrest during an investigation into bicycle thefts and the trafficking of stolen goods, said Tempe police Sgt. Michael Pooley.
Officers later determined Henderson was allegedly involved in trading dugs for stolen bikes and fraudulent or stolen identity items, Pooley said.
They served several search warrants and recovered several electronics items, bicycles and other property believed to be stolen. They also found were drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine, Pooley said.
Henderson's arrest was the third since the middle of January, when the department kicked off the program targeting bicycle thefts.
Also arrested on suspicion of stealing and selling bicycles and bicycle parts were Jeffrey Barthold, 51, on Jan. 31, and Brian Meier, 50, on Jan. 11.
More than 30 bicycles have been recovered, many of which were confirmed stolen and returned to their owners, Pooley said. One of the recovered bicycles was valued at $11,000 that was being marketed on eBay.
Pooley encouraged bicycle owners to register, photograph, etch, record the serial number in a safe place at home, or otherwise take proactive crime prevention steps have a significantly higher chance of recovering stolen property, officers said.
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