WALNUT CREEK – Danville police officers conducted a sting operation on May 28 in neighboring Walnut Creek where officers arrested two men, who are suspected of stealing two professional racing bicycles worth an estimated $20,000.
One bike worth about $12,000—the other worth about $8,000—come from the Canadian manufacturer Cervelo, a brand commonly used in triathlons and other competitive races.
The two bikes were reported stolen, along with a wallet and other items, during a May 27 burglary that occurred at a tony Danville home located on Tunbridge Road, a community where the median home price is $1.2 million, and ranked as having the second highest income among all U.S. municipalities with a population of at least 40,000.
During an investigation, police learned that one of the men they apprehended was trying to sell one of the stolen bikes.
Police also determined that a credit card stolen during the home burglary was used by one of the suspects to pay for a purchase at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pleasant Hill.
Martinez resident Nicholas Paras, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, and probation violation. He’s in custody at the West County Detention Facility, with bail denied.
Alleged accomplice Dario Gusman, 29, also of Martinez, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, and identity theft. Gusman is being housed at the West County Detention Facility in lieu of $55,000 bond.