A transient with a history of theft was arrested last week after an eBay listing of the bicycle he is accused of stealing was seen by the owner, according to University of Colorado police.
According to police, Wayne Willet Cron, 40, cut a cable lock on a brand-new $3,000 Cannondale mountain bike near the Ekeley Sciences Building on the Boulder campus on Jan. 17.
In March, the owner of the bike saw a YouTube video on an eBay listing that matched his bike. The video briefly showed part of the bike's serial number, which police were able to match to the stolen bike.
The listed seller -- a Denver pawnshop -- said Cron sold them the bike on the same day the victim's bike was reported stolen.
A warrant was issued for Cron's arrest and he was charged with theft between $1,000 to $20,000, theft by receiving and providing false information to a pawnbroker. The theft charges are Class 4 felonies while providing false information to a pawnbroker is a Class 6 felony.
According to police, Cron was arrested in 2005 and 2010 for stealing bikes from CU students, and has had two other theft cases in Boulder County already this year. He also has an extensive criminal history in four other states, according to police.
Cron remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $500 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 24.
“The keys to solving this case started with the victim knowing his bike's serial number and ended with solid detective work,” CU police spokesman Ryan Huff said in a news release. “It's critical that CU students register their bikes so they can be more easily located if stolen. This case also shows that cable locks are easily defeated. U-locks are a better option for securing your bike.”
Bicycles can be registered at the CU Bike Station just east of the University Memorial Center. For other bike safety tips, visit the CU police bike theft prevention page.