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15 bicycles stolen from L.A. sheriff's program

December 4, 2009 | 12:33 pm

Burglars stole 15 bicycles from a youth program run by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, and detectives are trying to find the perpetrators.

The burglars broke into the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League building on North Alameda Street in Compton last month and took $4,000 worth of bicycles. Investigators say the thieves broke through a locked gate and got into an outbuilding by prying open a small vent cover.

The burglary occurred either Nov. 25 or Nov. 26, detectives said. It was discovered by Compton station deputies on routine patrol.

The Bicycle Education And Registration program program offers two-hour educational classes one day a week for five weeks. It gives at-risk youth the opportunity to work with deputies and learn about bicycle education, safety and repair.

The program recycles confiscated bicycles from the sheriff's property and evidence section, offering them to children and teens from 8-to-17 years old who successfully complete the five-day course. They get a  bike, a helmet, and parts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Mark Rafaelli or Sgt. Eric Jaime at (310) 605-6500.

-- Richard Winton

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