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Stolen bikes for sale online get Toronto man arrested

 

We picked up on this story via the Sun yesterday, but don’t mind highlighting a Star article about it as well.

They had just finished shopping for Halloween costumes on the Danforth Friday night when two teenaged girls discovered their bikes had been stolen.

Less than 48 hours later, the bicycles were returned to their rightful owners and a Toronto man was charged with possession of stolen property after some cyber sleuthing and the work of one undercover cop.

Police were called Friday night after the two bikes, belonging to twin girls, were stolen from the Danforth area. As has become practice, police told the family to begin checking online to see if their bikes were already being resold.

“We tell all people to keep an eye on eBay, kijiji, Craigslist,” said Det. Robert Whelan, head of the major crimes unit at Toronto Police 55 division. A growing number of sales of stolen property are taking place online, he said.

Read the full post: “Stolen bikes for sale online get Toronto man arrested” on the Toronto Star.

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Bike Photographer’s Bike Stolen

If the name Georgette Peters rings a bell… there’s good reason… she’s a prolific Toronto photographer that not only loves taking photos of bikes (bike bells in particular) but is featured frequently on our Photo of the Day pages.  She has even had a gallery show of her bell photos – Does This Ring a Bell?

I’m sorry to report that Georgette has had her own bike stolen, and sent me the details to post:

Hey there folks …. hope you’re all having a better day than I am. Today while I was down at Harbourfront checking out the Island festival, my bike was stolen. I got there around 12:30pm – checked on my bike around 1:30pm (still there) and then at 2:30 went to get it to go meet up with friends to do some shooting in graffiti alley, only to find it gone. I must have wandered back and forth about 6 times because I just couldn’t believe it.

I have informed Harbourfront Security of the incident and am just waiting for the police to call back and give a report to them as well.

I also went to take a look at Uncle Jacob’s on Spadina as per a friend’s suggestion but no luck there.

I know some of you may frequent Craigslist, Kajiji, eBay, etc so if you can keep your eyes peeled, I’d appreciate it. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My bike was a Giant FCR3, 50″ frame, serial #G060919190. It was dark grey with a pink smiley face bell and two metallic pink water bottle holders. I realize the bell and the water holders could have readily been chucked in the trash long ago. I’ve attached some photos. I just got off the phone with the police and filed a report – I don’t know if the report # is helpful to anyone. If it is, drop me a line and I’ll shoot that info your way.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can provide.

Take care.

Georgette

Georgette sent along some photos too:
This seems to be a great chance to tell you about our re-vamped Toronto Stolen Bike Listing.

We’ve had a couple different incarnations of this Stolen Bike Listing over the years… but now we have a dedicated portion of the site just for it… set up in a blog style… and best of all anyone can post to it to list their bike.  You still need to register as a member of BikingToronto though… just to cut down on spam registrations.  You’d be surprised by how many spambots care enough about biking in Toronto to sign up for our site. :)

We haven’t “officially” launched the new Toronto Stolen Bike Listing... but it’s over there and functional if you need it, so remember it’s there… and tell your friends!
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Who Is Behind IgorKenk.com?

igorIf you’ve read yesterday’s post about Igor Kenk showing up at the launch party for Kenk: the Graphic Novel, then you probably saw that there is a website/blog at IgorKenk.com.

I naturally assumed that Igor ran it (as that would make sense, and who really would run a website pretending to be someone they are not?)… but have received word (via Paul Tee on Twitter and the writers of the graphic novel – Jason Gilmore, Alex Jansen, Richard Poplak, Nick Marinkovich) that Igor doesn’t know anything about the website.

So, the obvious question is… who is pretending to be Igor Kenk, and why?


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Igor Kenk Attends the Kenk Graphic Novel Launch

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Is Igor Kenk the most interesting bike-related person in Toronto?

After being busted for organizing the theft of thousands of bicycles as well as on assault charges, showing up to re-claim some of “his” bicycles that were being given to charity, Kenk showed up last night at the release party for the graphic novel of his story.

And… oh my god (!) he has his own blog at IgorKenk.com!

[photo from NowToronto]

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Kenk: The Graphic Novel is Here

kenk-coverA couple years ago, Toronto police busted Igor Kenk of the Bike Clinic for knowingly purchasing stolen bikes from bike thieves.  Far from finding a few stolen bikes in his bike shop, police found thousands of them, scattered around the city in rented garages.

It was a story that made international news, and it is now in graphic novel form.

This week, Toronto writer Richard Poplak and Alex Jansen of the production and publishing company Pop Sandbox are releasing an unusual treatment of Kenk’s story. Kenk: A Graphic Portrait is a journalistic graphic novel based on photos and footage of Kenk taken in the year before his arrest.

Poplak, who wrote about Kenk for Toronto Life magazine before being recruited by Jansen to create a graphic novel, said there was something “obsessive compulsive” about Kenk’s behaviour.

“He was much, much bigger than life. He was a comic book character,” Poplak told CBC Radio’s Q cultural affairs show on Tuesday.

- CBC news


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