Police: Bridgeport man stole 14 bikes worth nearly $11K in Westport

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Westport police

Westport police

Chris Marquette / Hearst Connecticut Media

WESTPORT — Police have arrested a man they say stole 14 bikes, most considered high-end, over the spring and summer.

Jose Velazquez, 59, of Bridgeport, was arrested Dec. 21. He faces three counts each of first- and second-degree burglary, as well as a slew of larceny charges ranging from first to sixth degree. He is also charged with first-degree criminal mischief, police said.

The combined value of the stolen bikes is nearly $10,700, Lt. David Wolf said.

The Westport Police Department investigated a number of burglaries and larcenies in town in late spring and early summer. In many of these cases, high-end bicycles were stolen from either open or unsecured garages, police said. Velazquez was identified as the suspect through a long investigation conducted by the detective bureau that included executing search warrants, as well as working with area departments, police said in a statement released Monday.

Several arrest warrants were then sought and granted for Velazquez. He was arrested at Stamford Superior Court in connection to these warrants and his bond was set at $200,000, police said.

Velazquez was previously charged in connection with a bike theft in Westport in July. He faces similar charges in Wilton and Darien.