Chico's 'Super Bike Cop Officer' on a mission to retrieve stolen bikes

One man deemed the "Super Bike Cop Officer" by his workplace at Chico police is on a quest to find stolen bikes.

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 7:14 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 8:34 AM

CHICO, Calif. - One man deemed the "Super Bike Cop Officer" by his workplace at the Chico Police Department is on a quest to find stolen bikes.

When Chico police officer Bob Kurtz isn’t busy responding to calls he’s on a mission to find stolen bikes.

“This one was a known bike thief that had a storage unit full of them,” Kurtz said while pointing at one of the many stolen bikes inside the police evidence storage unit.

There are roughly 70 bikes inside, many of them are from what Kurtz calls habitual thieves.

He says for most of them the motivation to steal is drug addiction.

“I’d say that’s probably the most common that I run into, especially like these people that are doing larger operations. They are heavy drug users.

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It’s a petty crime that Kurtz takes personally.

“I hate when people steal,” Kurtz said.

Action News Now rode along with him to see how he tracks down these stolen bikes.

“Trying to go to the hot spots where we know a lot of stolen bikes have been found before,” Kurtz said.

Spots like a park off East 9th St. and Comanche Creek. Kurtz can’t just pull over anyone without lawful reason.

But as soon as he sees someone breaking a law, he investigates.

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“You just kind of use your instinct if it doesn’t seem right. It’s probably not right,” Kurtz said.

Chico Police Department said it has seen a steady increase in bike thefts in 2019, 160 bike theft reports were made.

In 2020, 226 bikes disappeared.

But Kurtz has some advice on how you can protect your bike.

“Don’t leave your bike unattended unless it’s locked. A lot of times we see a lot of bikes are stolen out of garages because someone forgets to close the garage door at night,” Kurtz said.

The best way to get your back if it’s stolen is to register your bike and remember your serial number.

In case officers find it and they know how to contact you.

Even though the number of stolen bikes increased from 2019 to 2020, so far this year the department has received 94 reports.

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