Thousands of dollars worth of stolen bikes found in Jax Beach homeless camp

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Dozens of missing bikes and bike parts are now in the hands of Jacksonville Beach Police, after being found in a well-established homeless camp.

In a Facebook post from the Department, it said it was a true “team effort” with Beaches Energy Service. Employees with the energy company noticed the homeless camp behind their building and called police. Multiple bikes caught the eyes of officers.

“We found about seven bikes in various states of disrepair,” Jason Lamont said. He is the lead Detective on the case. Lamont adds, they also found boxes filled with pedals, wheels and handlebars.

Jacksonville Beach Police arrested and charged 41-year-old Trevor Sigrist with burglary grand theft in reference to a stolen bike worth $4,900.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

“We were able to get the serial numbers, so we’ll be checking to see if we can find the owners,” Detective Lamont said. “Unfortunately, locks and chains can be broken. There’s no foolproof way to prevent it.”

In an effort to curb the issue, the department is introducing new technology to prevent bicycle theft. Bicycle DNA is a high-tech registration program that will link bikes to the owner.

The department will host an event on Saturday, November 6 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. to register bikes.