Stillwater police warning bicyclists about series of thefts around town

Several bikes have been reported missing.

Several bikes have been reported missing.

STILLWATER, Okla. – Authorities in Stillwater are warning college students and residents about a series of thefts that have officers looking for a suspect.

Since the beginning of the semester at Oklahoma State University, police officers in Stillwater say 32 bicycles have been stolen.

Officials say the thefts usually occur in densely populated areas like apartment complexes, and happen during the overnight hours.

Also, police say locks are not deterring the alleged thieves.

Authorities say many of the bikes were secured with a cable or locking mechanism, but the thieves simply cut the lock or cable to get to the bicycle.

Mary Cash at Cooper’s Bicycle Center says there’s no such thing as an unbreakable lock, but says you usually get what you pay for. Cash says her best advice is for students to keep their bikes inside overnight.

If you have any information about the thefts, call the Stillwater Police Department at (405) 372-4171.