Marysville police say stolen bikes traded for drugs
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Investigators say dozens of recovered bicycles are tied to a drug operation where the dealer traded dope for stolen property. Marysville police have made one arrest and are now trying to re-unite those bikes with their owners.
Everything from high-end road bikes to recumbent and even BMX models are stuffed into the evidence locker at the Marysville Police Department. Investigators say 61 bicycles ended up being seized from a home on 81st Place NE after neighbors complained about suspicious activity.
"A lot of traffic coming and going, all hours of the night," said Cmdr. Wendy Wade of the Marysville Police Department. "People coming and staying for short periods of time and then leaving."
Officers went to the house on Thursday to talk to the man, where they found bicycles littering the lawn. After getting a search warrant, they also found drugs and guns inside the home. They believe the man who lives there was trading methamphetamine and heroin for stolen bikes.
"He was exchanging the bicycles for narcotics as a payment method," Wade said.
Douglas Hansen is now charged with possession of stolen property and drugs. However, in a brief interview outside his home, he told us he's innocent.
"In the end when they take the time to check them all out, they'll see that they're not stolen," he said.
Hansen says it's his long-time hobby to repair old bikes. He says it has nothing to do with drugs.
However, investigators say they found various drugs inside Hansen's home, along with baggies and scales. Now they are trying to learn the extent of this operation and get dozens of bicycles back to their owners.
"There's a lot of bicycles and we think most of them were stolen," Wade said. "We just want people to be able to get their property back."
Marysville police have set up a website where people can sort through pictures of the recovered bicycles and see if their property is there.
People with questions can contact Officer Brad Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (360) 363-8387. Officer Smith will be scheduling appointments for citizens to come to the department in order to identify bicycles belonging to them. Supporting documentation, such as receipts, documented serial numbers, personal photographs or even previously filed police reports may be used to verify rightful ownership.
Appointments for viewing will be made for Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. for the next three weeks, ending on April 24th.