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Thieves used Craigslist and Facebook to scope out high-end bicycles, authorities say


This custom Aerios road bike is currently for sale in Northridge through Craigslist for $4,500, "No shipping, no trades, local pick up and cash only."

Authorities announced they have arrested a crew of bike thieves who used Facebook, Craigslist and other sites to connect with their targets.

Ultimately, the crooks made off with nearly 200 high-end, custom-made bicycles over a two-year period with a total value of about $250,000, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department -- and now deputies are just trying to find the rightful owners.

Following a bike theft in Rancho Cucamonga which deputies say they watched through surveillance, authorities arrested 23-year-old Julian Herrera of Los Angeles, 21-year-old Jaime Herrera of Panorama City and 24-year-old Alberto Mejia of Colton.

“These burglars would identify their prospective targets from the persons selling expensive bicycles on Craigslist” as well as Facebook and White Pages Online, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “After establishing a dialogue about the bicycles with the sellers, the suspects would learn enough information to identify the residences where the bicycles were being kept.” The targets were homes located across Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.