Police: Colorado man spots stolen bike on eBay; helps officers catch serial thief

BOULDER, Colo. - A man who spotted his stolen bike for sale on eBay ended up helping police catch a suspect who officers call a serial thief.

The victim said his brand new, $3,000 Cannondale mountain bike was stolen on January 17 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Two months later, the man said he was on eBay when he saw his bike's serial number in a video of a bike for sale. He called police.

UCPD deputies contacted the seller, a Denver pawnshop. The pawnshop told detectives they bought the bike from Wayne Cron.

After investigating, deputies said they determined Cron is a serial thief who has stolen bikes from University of Colorado students on at least three occasions.

Cron has been arrested. He is being charged with theft, theft by receiving and providing false information to a pawnbroker -- all felonies, police said. Detectives said Cron was also arrested in 2005 and 2010 for stealing bikes from CU students.

UCPD recovered the initial victim's bike and returned it.

"The keys to solving this case started with the victim knowing his bike’s serial number and ended with solid detective work," said CU-Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff. "It’s critical that CU students register their bikes so they can be more easily located if stolen. This case also shows that cable locks are easily defeated. U-locks are a better option for securing your bike."

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