Police find backyard filled with bikes
By Karen Colbenson
Post-Bulletin, Austin MN
Austin police officers discovered dozens of bikes, many stripped of their parts, in the backyard of an Austin residence Thursday afternoon.
According to Police Chief Paul Philipp, about 25 bikes were found lying in the backyard of a house in the 400 block of Second Street Southeast. A majority of the bikes were stripped down and had been spray-painted or had their identification numbers removed, said Philipp.
The woman who owns the residence told officers that she had purchased some of the bikes and many were found by her son and his friend. The two boys, ages 13 and 14, told officers they found most of the bikes in the 500 block of Second Street Southeast or along the Cedar River.
Philipp said many parts, including handlebars and pedals, were strewn around the yard. He also said it was difficult to tell whether any of the bikes had been reported stolen because of the spray paint and missing identification numbers.
No charges have been filed. An investigation will follow.