It’s a tale of two electronic bicycles.
San Diego police are seeking help from the public to track down the owner of an e-bike recovered last week during a theft investigation.
That same investigation gave police a clue to the whereabouts of another stolen e-bike owned by a Rancho Peñasquitos man diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Investigators believe that bike was sold at a local swap meet, and now they’re hoping the buyer — who may be unaware the bike was stolen — will come forward.
Police Sgt. Matthew Botkin said Friday that an electric-assist bicycle was stolen Wednesday and sold later that evening at the weekly swap meet outside San Diego County Credit Union Stadium.
According to a Facebook fundraising post by the victim’s daughter, the man had left his M2S Electronic Assist bike parked unattended outside a Rancho Peñasquitos home for just a few minutes Wednesday afternoon when someone took it.
“After my dad’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2018 he thought his biking days were over,” his daughter wrote. “His balance and strength decreased and his pride kept him from wanting a motorized bicycle. After a year of grieving the life he was supposed to have, he finally came to terms with his diagnosis and decided to get an e-bike so he could get back out on the road.”
Botkin said detectives were investigating what was believed to be an unrelated theft case Thursday when they found a stolen e-bike, a black and yellow Sondors, at the home of the subject of their investigation.
After questioning, the man admitted he’d stolen a different bike from in front of a Rancho Peñasquitos home and sold it at the stadium swap meet, Botkin said.
Police are now asking for help to locate the owner of the e-bike they found at the suspected thief’s home, as well as the person who unknowingly bought the other stolen bike Wednesday at the SDCCU Stadium swap meet “in hopes they will do the right thing and return it,” Botkin said.