OAKLAND -- A suspected bike thief was arrested in Berkeley this week after police say he tried to sell a set of wheels back to the man he stole them from.
Now officers are trying to reconnect other stolen bikes with their rightful owners after about a dozen stolen bikes and more than 100 bike parts were found at his Richmond home, said BART spokeswoman Era Jenkins.
Marque Moore, 57, was arrested Sunday about 8:25 a.m. at the BART Ashby Station then booked into the Glen Dyer Jail in Oakland on suspicion of possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and for violating his probation.
Police say Moore stole a bike, then met the owner of the bike at the BART Ashby Station and tried to sell it to him on Sunday.
"Fortunately for the bike theft victim, BART police officers were on hand when Moore agreed to meet," Jenkins said. "The owner of the bike confirmed that the bicycle Moore was trying to sell was actually stolen from a residential burglary in the city of San Francisco three months prior."
When BART police searched Moore's Richmond home they discovered 10 bicycles, 57 bicycle tires, 24 bicycle wheels, 26 bicycle wheels with tires, 21 bike seats, four bicycle frames, a gun and ammunition.
BART police are trying to identify the owners of the bikes and the frames (for pictures, go to www.bart.gov/about/police/recovered_bikes.aspx).
Owners must provide a case number from a theft report or show other proof of ownership. Those who believe they own the bikes in question should call BART police at 510-464-7040.
Jail records list Moore's occupation as a janitor. He is being held in lieu of a $105,000 bond.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.