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Theft - Niagara Falls Man Arrested Riding Stolen Bicycle

Posted on Thursday July 12, 2018
On July 9, 2018 at approximately 11:30AM Street Crime detectives from the Niagara Falls - 2 District office of the Niagara Regional Police Service were in the area of Fallsview Boulevard and Stanley Avenue.  Detectives were in the area conducting an investigation into the ongoing issue of bicycle thefts in the city's tourist area.

Detectives observed a man riding a high end bicycle in the area.  Their investigation was able to determine that the bike had just been stolen from a local hotel parking lot.  The man was arrested and the Cannondale bike was recovered undamaged.

A short time later the bike owner contacted the NRPS Communication Unit to report the bike stolen.
Michael Raymond Strychar (32 years of old) of Niagara Falls is charged with the alleged offence:

- Theft Under $5000

Strychar will appear on July 27, 2018 at the Robert S. K. Welch courthouse in St. Catharines to answer to this charge.

This arrest is part of an ongoing initiative titled "Project Bike Swipe" by detectives and uniform officers in the City of Niagara Falls and the Casino area to reduce bicycle theft.  Over the last two weeks detectives from the 2 District Street Crime Unit have laid 15 criminal charges, arrested 12 persons and seized 23 bicycles.

Bicycle theft seasonally spikes in the summer months as thieves sometimes target parking lots.  Members of the public are encouraged to buy strong locks and if possible to bring their bikes inside their homes or hotel rooms.

Anyone with information regarding ongoing bike thefts in the City of Niagara Falls is asked to contact Cst. Krieger at 905-688-4111 ext. 8068.

Incident Number: 2018-64878
Submitted By: Philip Gavin
Approved By: Philip Gavin

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