Man sought in theft of $43K worth of bicycles |

Man sought in theft of $43K worth of bicycles


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A suspect has been named but remains at large in a series of local bike thefts.

Brandon Hodgden, 35, most recently of Rifle, is wanted in Glenwood Springs on felony charges of theft and burglary.

He is believed to be tied to at least 34 Glenwood stolen bike cases since May, with an estimated total value of more than $43,000.

Hodgden came to police attention when a warrant search in an unrelated case on Sept. 17 turned up a unique bicycle that had been reported missing two days before. Officers spoke with the primary resident, who told them the bike was Hodgden’s. Moreover, she told them that Hodgden had dropped off several dozen bikes at the house over the summer, spray painted them and sold them upvalley or in Denver.

A new search warrant turned up a pair of frames, several shock assemblies and other bike parts, some of which corresponded with bikes reported stolen.

The Glenwood Police Department keeps a rack of found bicycles, but many remain unclaimed. Police Chief Terry Wilson encouraged locals to invest in a good lock and take steps to ease identification if it gets stolen.

“Take a picture of your bike and write down the serial number,” he said. “That’s invaluable for getting property back to the rightful owner.”

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