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How An Undercover Officer Helped Find a Stolen Bicycle Worth $2,600

By Erica Demarest | September 2, 2016 6:18am
 Bret White, 45, is charged with theft.
Bret White, 45, is charged with theft.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An undercover Chicago Police officer is credited with helping find a stolen BMC bicycle worth more than $2,600.

The bike — a red BMC SLR01 Di2 valued at $2,632.50 — was reported stolen from a freight train on Aug. 19, court records show.

Not long after, police investigating the case spotted the BMC in a Craigslist ad listing it for $1,200, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said during a bond hearing Thursday.

Police arranged to meet the seller, 45-year-old Bret White, on Wednesday, according to an arrest report. The serial number of the bike White was selling matched that of the stolen bicycle.

When confronted by police, White admitted to buying the bike for $850, Scaduto said. He told officers he had hoped to sell it on Craigslist to "make a few bucks," the arrest report said.

White, of the 8900 block of South Paxton Avenue, is charged with theft. He has prior convictions for armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and home invasion, prosecutors said.

According to his public defender, White works as a stationary engineer for the Chicago Housing Authority. His employment could not immediately be confirmed Thursday.

Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan on Thursday said White could be released on his own recognizance pending trial.

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