WYOMING — People who have had their bicycles lost or stolen within the borough of Wyoming over the last few years may still be able to recover them at the municipal building.
Their time to do so, however, is running out.
Despite newspaper notices and social media posts over the last few weeks, 22 bikes that have accumulated from as far back as 2000 have not yet been claimed.
While those who find their bikes may have been lost or know them to have been stolen can always inquire at the borough’s police station, Wyoming police kept an officer posted from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, July 11 and July 18 for anyone to come in and check if a lost or stolen bicycle was amongst the borough’s inventory.
Between then and July 22, eight to 10 persons inquired, but none were able to claim any of the bikes.
Wyoming’s police commissioner Michael Flanagan explained the cumbersome amount of bikes can no longer be stored in the small space afforded to the 15-person police department.
The borough’s solicitor, Jarrett Farentino, will now be consulted as to how the borough can legally go about disposing of the bicycles. The items are not considered evidence and, as such, are only required to be held for 30 days.
Flanagan would like to see them donated to a charity.
On July 18, the final day for claiming a bike, not a single person showed to claim a bike. Borough police officer Macson McGuirk, a 22-year-old Wyoming area native, was surprised at the low turnout as he regularly sees individuals bicycling throughout the borough.
During his roughly 18 months on the borough’s police force, McGuirk only recalled two or three incidents of bicycles being reported as stolen. Individuals responsible for those thefts were apprehended and the bikes returned.
Flanagan estimated the borough sees roughly two or three bicycles stolen each year.
The National Bike Registry estimates 1.5 million bicycles are stolen each year and bicyclesource.com lists the percentage of stolen bicycles has grown by 10 percent in recent years while other types of petty theft have decreased.