Test bike thief returns $5,000 bike and gets immediately arrested for his actions

Costa Mesa Police charged Paul Verdugo Jr with grand theft and identity theft upon his return to The Cyclist Bike Shop.

It is rare that a stolen bike is returned to its rightful owner, even in today's modern age where social media can spread the word far and wide.

It seemed as though this would be another case last week when we reported on a thief stealing a $5,000 road bike on a test ride and never returning.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.