Breaking News
More () »

Police find almost 40 stolen bikes in one homeless camp

Police say it's a hot spot for crime. They recovered 38 stolen bikes and about $12,000 worth of property.

AUSTIN, Texas — Sergeant Robert Jones with the Austin Police Department says they have started targeting a crime trend in the East Austin area.

"Through those operations we made 16 arrests, recovered 38 bikes that were stolen and about $12,000 worth of property," said Jones. 

RELATED: What will the soon-to-be-hired homelessness officer do for the city of Austin?

Jones said they found the bikes and property at a homeless camp near Cesar Chavez Street and Pleasant Valley Road.

"This particular camp, through our investigation, we determined they were selling illegal narcotics from there, primarily meth and heroin," said Jones. "And from that investigation, people were bringing property to the camp to exchange for drugs, and then they were using an OfferUp app from that property to make cash."

Jones said when police first went into the camp they recovered 27 bikes. One week later, he said police found 11 more bikes inside. 

RELATED: Home for the homeless | Apartment complex built to house homeless people

"Out of all the equipment and bikes that we recovered, we were only able to identify four of the bikes through reports that were listed in our systems," said Jones. "It’s very important for people to register their bikes through the city so that we’re able to identify that if the property does get stolen."

He said people should also know the make, model and serial number of items. 

RELATED VIDEO: Cleaning up Austin's homeless camps


Leander Public Libary will be closed Saturday for 'Drag Queen Story Hour'

Austin man on Boy Scout rafting trip dies after falling in river

'Everybody's sad to see it go' | Austin community gets ready to say goodbye to Hut's Hamburgers

Before You Leave, Check This Out