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A judge has approved a felony arrest warrant for a suspect connected to a recent bike theft. CU Police believe Lisa Nicole Hoffman (alias Lisa Jones) stole a $600 mountain bike on campus on the afternoon of October 18, 2013. Hoffman, a 32-year-old Golden resident, is a white female, 5-feet-8-inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. She’s wanted for Providing False Information to a Pawn Broker (Class 6 felony) and Theft (Class 2 misdemeanor). Hoffman has an extensive criminal history, including arrests for forgery, assaults, burglaries and thefts.
At around noon on October 18, a CU student locked his bike on a rack outside the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. He returned two hours later to find it missing. On October 20, UCPD located the student’s bike after cooperation from the victim and a Longmont pawn shop. Hoffman pawned the bike at 5 p.m. on the day it was stolen. Hoffman signed a statement at the pawn shop, saying she had owned the bike for a year. On October 21, UCPD recovered the bike and returned it to the rightful owner. Anyone with tips on Hoffman’s whereabouts is asked to call UCPD Detective Paul Davis at 303-492-3459.
Bike theft continues to be the No. 1 crime on campus, with 162 stolen at CU last year. Due to the UCPD’s aggressive enforcement and arrests of several serial bike thieves, thefts have dropped from 326 in 2010. Nonetheless, it’s important that CU students and employees take proactive steps to protect their bikes. The Police Department recommends the use of U-locks because they are more difficult to defeat than cable locks. CU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register their bikes with the university online athttp://bit.ly/CUBikeRegistration. The free registration can discourage criminal behavior and aid in identification in the event of a theft.
“In this case, a key to recovering the bike was the fact that the student knew his serial number,” said CU Police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher. “Without a serial number, it’s nearly impossible to reunite stolen property with its owner. The simple step of registering your bike can save you from potential hassles down the road.”