Man spots own stolen bike

July 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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BOSTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Police in Boston said the victim of a $1,500 bicycle theft spotted someone riding the pilfered vehicle the following morning.

Investigators said the Trek 7500 bike was stolen Friday night from the Black Bay and the victim confronted a man, identified as Joseph Joseph, 45, when he saw him riding the bicycle Saturday morning in the South End, the Boston Herald reported Monday.

Police arrived and the owner showed them the receipt from the purchase of his bike, which matched the serial number.

Joseph said he bought the bike for $100 from a man who was selling it on the street.

"He stole the bike. I just bought it, I didn't steal it," Joseph said.

Joseph was charged with buying, receiving or concealing a stolen good.

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