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Stolen Bikes Returned Just In Time For Ironman

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Police Department relied on good, old-fashioned police work with the help of witnesses, some technology, and our Crime Analysts to quickly solve two bike thefts. The thefts occurred on June 23rd, 2011 at approximately 11:15 am near the City Beach. The bikes were stolen off of the back of a SUV parked near Hubbard Ave. and Lakeshore Dr. The bikes had been chained to the vehicle.

The victims and family members spoke to several people in the area providing descriptions of their bikes. One of the victims had planned to use his bike for Ironman. The values of the bikes are $3500 for the Triathlon bike and $1,000 for the Novara bicycle. One of the people the victim's spoke with was Irene Smith.  Irene and her husband live in the Ft. Ground area. 

At approximately 1:10pm The Smiths left their residence after speaking with the victims.  While at the intersection of Government Way and Northwest Boulevard they observed the stolen bikes in the trunk of a maroon vehicle with no license plate.  Irene Smith called 911 and an "Attempt to Locate" the vehicle was aired to all area police via radio.  The suspects noticed the Smiths were looking at them and quickly drove over the sidewalk, around traffic and proceeded north bound on Government Way.  Officers were unable to locate the suspect's vehicle.

On June 23rd 2011 at 3:23pm a snow blower was reported stolen by the Best Western Inn.  An employee had seen a red Chevrolet Corsica with no license plate, drive past him earlier in the morning with a snow blower in the back.  At the time he did not realize that it was the Best Western's snow blower.  Later in the day he realized the snow blower was missing and filed a police report.

The morning of June 24th the snow blower was located in the pawn data base by Coeur d'Alene Police Crime Analysts.  Justin C. Luce, 31 years of age, of Coeur d'Alene had pawned Best Western Inn's snow blower.  Analysts discovered Luce had a warrant out of Spokane for Theft of a Motor Vehicle.  Analysts were able to provide detectives with the possible address of the suspect's girlfriend. Detectives learned the suspect was possibly staying at a local motel and alerted the Patrol Division. Patrol officers observed the suspects vehicle near the Budget Saver Motel. Luce was located and arrested on Spokane's warrant.

Detectives interviewed Luce and he provided information on the location of one of the Ironman bikes.  The Ironman bike was located at Pawn One in Spokane, and returned to the owner on June 24th, in time for the race.  The second bike was also located and the owner was notified.

Since then Luce has been linked to multiple thefts in Coeur d' Alene and stolen property is still being identified.  He was booked into jail for charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Today Detectives located the second suspect involved in the thefts. Lukas R. Porto, 18 years of age of Coeur d'Alene, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. The investigation into multiple burglaries and thefts is on-going.

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