Duluth Police arrest ‘serial bike thief’ after undercover investigation

DULUTH, MN — An undercover investigation has led to the arrest of a Duluth man after he allegedly stole multiple bikes in the city and then sold them at a fraction of their actual value.

According to Duluth Police, investigators with the department, as well as the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, found evidence of a person who was stealing bikes in Duluth.

They teamed up for an undercover investigation where five stolen bikes were bought directly from the suspect, Keith Boshey, 29.

Police say they did their final undercover purchase Thursday, and later arrested Boshey after he sold the bicycle to undercover investigators.

Authorities then searched a home on the 2800 block of West 1st Street, which they say was being used to hold stolen bicycles, as well as other stolen property.

According to police, Boshey confessed to stealing multiple bikes throughout the past month.

Police say he was formally charged Friday with Felony Receiving Stolen Property.

Duluth Police say they’ve investigated 85 reports of stolen bikes this year.

Boshey’s criminal history includes the following:

  • Two separate convictions of Theft of a Motor Vehicle
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • 2nd Degree Burglary
  • 5th Degree Assault
  • False Name to a Police Officer
  • Felony Theft

In addition, police say at the time of his arrest, Boshey was on pretrial release for a Possession of Heroin charge.

You can register your bike with the city’s police department, which helps increase the chances it will be returned to you if it is recovered.

Krystal Frasier

Krystal Frasier

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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