Des Moines sees first thefts of rental bikes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police says they’re investigating the first theft of the rental bicycles commonly used in downtown Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/18qIOsp ) four of the bikes were rented between Monday and Wednesday, and then not returned.

The bikes are valued at $4,800.

The bikes are rented by swiping a credit card, and the owner of the card used says it must have been stolen.

Two of the bikes were found abandoned Wednesday afternoon outside a liquor store.

It was the first thefts since the bikes rentals began several years ago.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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