Thief Stole (and Kept) Thousands of Bicycles

I can easily imagine a thief stealing and then selling a stolen bike. Or a dozen bikes. But 2,396 stolen bikes? Here's the strange story of Igor Kenk, who single-handedly made Toronto the bike capital of North America:

Clearly this collection has been growing for a very long time. His shop even had a reputation as the place to go to buy back your stolen bike - but no one knew for sure that he was the one stealing them. Rumor has it he was waiting for a big energy crisis where the world as we know it would come to an end and he could make a killing reselling the rest.

Over ten thousand frustrated bicycle theft victims have perused Igor’s reclaimed collection of stolen goods but only a few hundred bycles have been returned. He is now facing dozens of counts relating to the thefts alone, but the story doesn’t end there: raids on Igor Kenk’s house and myriad storage places revealed crack, cocaine and pounds of marijuana … as well as a stolen bronze statue of a centaur and snake in the heat of battle. How that fits in is anyone’s guess.

Link (Photo: Eye Weekly)

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