Sergeant Michael Pooley
Media Relations Unit
On Saturday, February 8, 2014 Tempe Police Officers arrested Loren Henderson of Tempe for drug crimes, misconduct involving weapons, and resisting arrest during an investigation into bicycle thefts and the trafficking of stolen goods. Officers obtained information during this investigation that Henderson was involved in trading dugs for stolen bikes and fraudulent/stolen identity items.
During the service of multiple search warrants, several electronics items, bicycles and other property believed to be stolen were recovered. Also found were drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine.
Since the middle of January 2014, Tempe police officers have been engaged in “Operation: Bike Peddler”, which has targeted bicycle thefts in the city. Investigative leads, surveillance and field interviews so far have led to the arrest of three people (see attached photos) suspected of stealing and selling bicycles and bicycle parts in and around Tempe. Our officers have been working very closely with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in putting these cases together for successful prosecution.
• 46 year old Loren Henderson DOB: 01/14/1968 (Arrested on January 11, 2014)
• 51 year old Jeffrey Barthold DOB: 10/10/1962 (Arrested on January 31, 2014)
• 50 year old Brian Meier DOB: 12/10/1963 (Arrested on February 8, 2014)
During the course of this operation seven search warrants have been served and over 30 bicycles have been recovered, many of which have been confirmed stolen and returned to their owners. One of the recovered bicycles was valued at $11,000 that was being marketed on e-bay.
Identification is a critical component in the successful investigation, arrest and prosecution of bike thefts. Bike owner who register, photograph, etch, record the serial number in a safe place at home, or otherwise take proactive crime prevention steps have a significantly higher chance of recovering stolen property.
Registering your bike with the City of Tempe (http://www.tempe.gov/registeryourbike) takes only a few minutes; the online form requests name, phone number, street address and email address, make, model, serial number, color of bicycle and any other recognizable identifiers.
Jeffrey Barthold Brian Meier Loren Henderson