‘Intrepid’ citizen detective solves store rip-off
Cit-E-Cycles owner Mark Moore, 37, managed to track down and recover his stolen scooters after a bit of his own detective work. (SUBMITTED)
If he hadn't taken the law into his own hands, a Surrey business owner says he would've never gotten back two pricey electric scooters lifted from his shop earlier this month.
Mark Moore, owner of recently opened Cit-E-Cycles on 104th Avenue, said a pair of fraudsters with stolen credit cards tricked him into selling two $2,400 high-end electric scooters in mid-January.
He knew the brand-new Motorino scooters would be sold quickly on the black market and did his own digging, eventually giving Mounties enough information to search a Stewart Avenue house in Coquitlam where one of his bikes were held and was later told a “van-load” of stolen goods were seized from the property as a result.
His other bike was found at a condominium parking lot in Surrey after he got a tip from a customer he showed images of the suspects to.
Surrey Mounties are commending his “intrepid” detective work, but also warned that Moore could have been hurt if his interaction with the thieves turned sour.
A 28-year-old Vancouver man and a 39-year-old Surrey man, both known to police, were arrested and released with a court appearance in March. Their arrests were made after the shop owner chased them down when he recognized the suspect car driving past outside.
“If anyone steals from me again, I’m going to do the same thing,” Moore promised, adding he’ll now celebrate with a store sale.