Two men charged in connection with bike chop shop

Lethbridge Police have charged two men in connection with a bike chop shop being operated in the garage of a northside residence.

On August 21, 2019 as a result of ongoing investigations into bicycle thefts throughout the city, members of the Priority Crimes Unit with assistance from the Downtown Policing Unit and Traffic Response Unit, obtained and executed a search warrant at a home along the 600 block of 21 Street North. The search warrant led to the recovery of multiple bicycles, some in a various states of disassembly or modification as well as numerous bicycle parts. One male was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

Carl George Pohlmann, 58, of Lethbridge, is charged with theft under $5,000. Pohlmann is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 25.

Jesse Aron Tabor, 40, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and breach of a recognizance. Tabor is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 13.

Additional charges against both men are also pending.

Intact bicycles that had been reported stolen and the owners identified, have been returned. Bikes that were not reported stolen or were unrecognizable, could not be returned and remain in the possession of the LPS.

Police remind the public that in the event a bicycle is stolen, it is important to file a report. Police recover a significant quantity of bikes, but if a bike hasn’t been reported and officers are unable to identify the owner, after being held for 30 days it will go to auction.

In addition to reporting, members of the public who have had a bicycle stolen, are encouraged to attend the station and look through the police bike compound located on the west side of the building. If you see your bike, attend the front counter and arrangements will be made for you to take a closer look.