Bike thief unknowingly leads North Vancouver RCMP to hidden stolen bicycle

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      A bike thief, who unintentionally led police officers to the location of a stolen bicycle, is facing additional charges.

      According to North Vancouver RCMP, 22-year-old Matthew James Hurren of no fixed address was arrested after being allegedly was found near Cates Park riding one of two bicycles (valued around $4,000) that were stolen from behind a Deep Cove residence on May 27.

      He was charged on May 28 with possessing stolen property and one count of theft under $5,000.

      The second bicycle hadn’t been located.

      However on June 6, North Vancouver officers followed Hurren and observed him retrieving a bicycle from bushes in Myrtle Park in Deep Cove. The bicycle was determined to be the other one that was stolen.

      Today (June 7), the B.C. Prosecution Service approved charges against Hurren for the possession of a stolen bicycle and breaching two probation conditions that required him not to be in Deep Cove or in the possession of any bicycles.