St. Paul police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men linked to the recent theft of several bicycles.
According to police: The suspects sneak into secure parking garages while the door opens for entering or exiting cars. The suspects seek out bicycles and ride off on them.
More than a dozen bicycles have been reported stolen from apartment complexes, including at 740 Victoria St. S. and 750 Otto Av.
The thieves struck about five times between May 30 and June 22, always working together and sometimes returning to the same garage multiple times during one visit, said police spokesman Steve Linders.
The suspects, described as two white men in their early to mid-20s, waited for cars entering or leaving garages before entering unnoticed, Linders said. They typically wore ball caps or hooded sweatshirts during the thefts, and often used tools to cut through bicycle chains and locks.
Linders said authorities have not been able to track down any of the stolen bikes, which range in value from $500 to $1,500.
“We certainly take our fair share of bike theft reports, but to have the same people coming back using the same MO time and time again is unusual,” Linders said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 651-266-5771.