IPFW police try to identify bike thief

Surveillance image of suspected bike thief.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- IPFW Campus Police are investigating a string of thefts over the past week involving students’ bikes.

Seven bicycles have been stolen from outside student housing at IPFW. Four bikes were taken in one day, but police think there might have been more thefts. Surveillance footage shows someone pulling up in a mini van, then the man walks up, cuts the lock, and takes the bikes. Police said the suspect wore a backpack, so he’d look like a student.

“He’s taking his time going around looking at which bike he wants,” Detective Cleveland Inge said.

Students were on Fall Break last week, so there weren’t many people on campus. However, IPFW police hope someone will recognize the suspect who can be seen in images taken from surveillance video. Inge said one of the bikes stolen was around $500.

“You’re going to prey on these young kids, who are trying to get an education, when you should be out working,” Inge said.

Inge said the thefts have happened during various times of the day which has raised some concerns among students.

“Having our things out here, my car, my bike, things like that, it’s definitely a little bit worrisome to have someone who obviously didn’t care that there were cameras and surveillance,” student Abbigayle Dunlavy. “He went ahead and took it anyways.”

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or the van he drives is asked to call IPFW Campus Police at 260-481-6827.



Surveillance image of the suspect's mini-van.
Surveillance image of the suspect’s mini-van.


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