Man Arrested In Connection To OKC Bike Shop Burglaries

Tuesday, July 31st 2018, 6:11 pm
By: News 9

A man is behind bars in connection with a string of burglaries at a metro bicycle shop.

Just a few days ago, officers responded to a reported break-in at Schlegel Bicycles in Oklahoma City. This is the fourth break-in since July 4.

When police arrived on scene, they learned that a man had thrown a rock or brick through the shop's window and took off with two bikes and a set of wheels.

Investigators say they were able to identify the suspect as 40-year-old William Moultrie after seeing surveillance video from the shop.

“Got some good pictures of the guy. Which helped the local law enforcement to quickly nail down this guy,” Steve Schlegel, owner of Schlegel Bicycles, said.

Officers believe Moultrie is also connected with three different burglaries that occurred in early July at Schlegel Bicycles.

“The suspect who ended up being arrested, had actually been arrested before for riding on one of the stolen bicycles,” Sgt. Gary Knight with OKCPD said.

Schlegel hopes this is an isolated incident, where only one man was involved in the four break-in's they've had in the past three and a half weeks.

“Everybody is really wanting to beef up security. Put in watchdogs and bars on the windows. Things like that. To be very frank that's just not something that we think is necessary,” Schlegel said.

“We're in a great vibrant community here at Automobile Alley. It's seen a lot of positive changes. It's kind of balancing and realizing that this is an isolated incident.”

Moultrie was arrested on complaints of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

Thousands of dollars worth of bikes were taken in the crimes. Police have not confirmed if the bicycles were recovered.