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Bicycles confiscated from an alleged theft ring in Marin County are lined up for processing Thursday at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael. The bicycles were seized after the arrest of the key suspect, Rebecca Hammett, on Tuesday.

A Kentfield woman accused of running a massive bicycle theft ring was charged Thursday while investigators labored to catalog more than 130 stolen bikes and match them to the crime victims.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office released photos of all the recovered bikes and frames, some of them worth thousands of dollars, for residents to view. The photos can be viewed in a Marin Independent Journal slideshow at http://bit.ly/TCtNj3.

Victims who think they recognize their bikes among the photos should email sheriff's Detective Bo Dahlberg at bdahlberg@marinsheriff.org. They will have to provide a bicycle serial number, or some other unique identifying characteristic such as a sticker or mark, in order to claim the property.

Investigators suspect Rebecca Hammett, a 48-year-old Kentfield resident, of paying thieves for bicycles that were stolen throughout Marin, said sheriff's Lt. Jamie Scardina.

Hammett is suspected of stockpiling the bikes for resale. When she was arrested Tuesday, investigators recovered the bicycles after executing search warrants at a residence in Kentfield, a storage facility on Industrial Way in Greenbrae and a motorhome in Corte Madera.

Detectives are still working to identify additional suspects. The investigation is being conducted by the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force and the San Rafael Police Department.


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Hammett was charged Thursday with felony possession of known stolen property, said Deputy District Attorney Shawn Spaulding. Hammett remained in custody at the jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

In addition, Hammett was charged with battery in an unrelated matter, and the combination of those two cases prompted prosecutors to file a motion to revoke her diversion in a 2013 drug possession case, said Deputy District Attorney Kevin O'Hara.

Hammett also has another pending case, filed in April, on charges of possession drugs and drug paraphernalia, O'Hara said. She is also charged with driving with a license that was suspended for DUI and unlawful display of registration on the car.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office offers a free bike registry to help keep a law enforcement database of bike serial numbers and photos. Residents can register their bikes at www.marinsheriff.org under the "Resources" tab.