SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — Police said they arrested a convicted felon for the theft of 21 bicycles from the North Division Bike Shop on Christmas Eve.
Authorities arrested repeat offender and 29-time convicted felon Chris Cannata Friday for the bike thefts as well as the possession of two stolen motor vehicles.
Investigators said they were led to Cannata after officers observed a vehicle Friday reportedly involved in the burglary. Officers stopped the vehicle and confirmed it was stolen. After interviewing the two individuals in possession of the vehicle, detectives said they identified Cannata as a person of interest in the burglary.
Cannata’s criminal history includes convictions for Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
While investigating the stolen vehicle and developing information on the bike shop burglary, officers spotted another vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier that day. The driver of the Avalanche saw officers and fled. Officers found the Avalanche abandoned near 900 W. Everett. Cannata was also located and detained nearby, according to authorities.
Investigators said the vehicle had stolen property inside, determined to be from a burglary in the 2600 block of W. Garland on Dec. 27. Officers later located 16 stolen bicycles from the North Division Bike Shop still in their boxes at a residence in the 6100 block of N. Wall.
Officers arrested Cannata on two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle with additional charges expected. Cannata was booked into the Spokane County Jail and was being held on a $100,000 bond.
According to SPD, officer also had Probable Cause to arrest three other people for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Probable Cause to arrest a fourth person for Possession of Stolen Property related to the North Division Bike Shop Burglary.
Detectives were also investigating the possible involvement of the suspects in other burglary cases.
Cannata appeared before a Spokane judge on Monday. The shop will be getting most of its bikes back.
Employees said bike thefts around Spokane are happening too often.
“I've got pages and pages of stolen bikes,” said employee Greg Welton.
Welton said people have called in or reported 300 stolen bikes to his shop alone.
“These bikes are big investments for people, it really sucks,” said Welton.