Two men face charges for falsely reporting a high-value bike theft
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Two local men are accused of a making up a story about their bikes being stolen.
Ryan Gorecki, 28, and William Miller, 29, told police last month that two bikes, with a combined value of $7,000, were stolen from Slatterly Park in southeast Rochester. The men said someone cut through their lock and took the bikes while they were playing a round of disc golf.
But in the days following the report, investigators began to find flaws in their story. According to police, neither man could provide serial numbers or any other paperwork for the bikes.
Police were also alerted that Miller pawned a bike for "several hundred dollars" just two days after filing the police report. Pawn shops work closely with local law enforcement to detect suspicious activity, said Capt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department.
Gorecki and Miller now face misdemeanor charges for falsely reporting a crime. Additionally, Miller faces a felony charge for insurance fraud because he tried to take out a $4,500 claim for the nonexistent bike.
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