Two Arrested in Theft of Lance Armstrong’s Bike

September 15, 2009

Sacramento police arrested two people in connection with the theft of Lance Armstrong’s one-of-a-kind time-trial bike.

Lee Crider, 39, is suspected of burglary. He was already in custody on a parole violation, Sacramento police said.

The specially made Trek bicycle was one of three stolen in mid-February from a Ryder truck behind a downtown Sacramento hotel while cyclists visited for the Amgen Tour of California prologue.

The truck from which the bikes were taken was parked Feb. 14 in an alley between 15th and 16th streets near L Street. Investigators said they think Crider committed the theft as a crime of opportunity.

Crider then sold one of the bikes to 34-year-old Dung Le, police said, and he eventually turned it over to police. Le was arrested on possession of stolen property.

Word of the theft spread quickly around the world, spawning Craiglist postings calling for its return and a Facebook group called “1 Million Citizens Looking for Lance Armstrong’s Stolen Bike.”

Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner and self-described full-time cancer fighter, had offered a reward for the bike’s return. A Sacramento bail bonds company also offered a $1,000 reward.

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