Boise police arrested a 19-year-old man this morning, charging him with a string of thefts, including 13 bikes stolen May 22 from Team TIBCO just before the inaugural Exergy Tour race in downtown Boise.
Michael Lawrence of Boise was charged with 13 felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of burglary. Police arrested Lawrence at 1 a.m. today as officers believe he was in the process of stealing tires from a business on South Cole Road. Officers responded to an alarm from the business and found Lawrence nearby. The tires had been discarded in a field next to the business.
Police said Lawrence was also responsible for the May 22 theft of 13 racing bikes from Team TIBCO, valued at approximately $110,000. The bikes were recovered the following the day.
“Our case on the bike thefts just came together this week. The fact that the suspect committed a burglary just sped up his arrest," said Sgt. Randy Buzzini of the Property Crimes Unit of the Boise Police Criminal Investigations Division.
Officers also believe Lawrence may be connected with 30 to 50 other reported bike thefts in Boise. In a search warrant served on Lawrence's home, police said they found additional evidence, including computers and TVs believed to connect the suspect to several recent business burglaries, in addition to the bike thefts. Police said they have evidence that Lawrence was stealing the bikes and other items for resale over Craigslist and other methods.
“It’s difficult, for lots of reasons, to divulge publically what our officers are doing to solve crimes like these. We can say these thefts have been a priority. We’re continuing to work on this suspect’s connection to what may be many more crimes. Officers have been working on the case that leads to this suspect for quite some time. I’m happy to say they’re hard work is paying off, ” said Buzzini.