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Banacek
11-20-2017, 02:01 PM
The makeshift bunker beneath a recently-displaced Fountain Valley homeless encampment was big enough for a grown person to stand inside, replete with wood-paneled walls and a support beam, and accessible only via a small hatch camouflaged to blend in with its dirt surroundings.

The half-loaded .357 Magnum found near the same camp, along the Santa Ana River, contained three empty shell casings – meaning it had been fired.

And the 1,000 bicycles discovered hidden away in the flood-control channel’s dark tunnel system in Santa Ana, two miles north of the encampment, could suggest a large-scale theft ring.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies and public employees said they uncovered unusual and dangerous conditions in the recently cleared homeless camps on the riverbed in Fountain Valley and in portions of the river to the north. The findings, they said, posed public safety risks and indicated that the area was rife with crime.

There may be a theft ring. However, it isn't for selling stolen bicycles. In The Great Escape James Coburn travels from the prison camp to (probably Paris) while riding a bicycle innocuously through Germany. It would also work well for illegal aliens and terrorists.

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/16/a-half-loaded-gun-an-underground-bunker-and-1000-hidden-bikes-found-at-fountain-valley-homeless-camp/

noonwitch
11-20-2017, 02:11 PM
1000 bikes is a big number. Too big for it to be simply a robbery ring, where gang members on bicycles grab purses and such from pedestrians.

SVPete
11-20-2017, 04:26 PM
1000 bikes is a big number. Too big for it to be simply a robbery ring, where gang members on bicycles grab purses and such from pedestrians.

I can't make out any brands in the picture, but I'm going to guess the stolen bikes were of the high-end variety that could cost north of $1000 when new. Taken apart and sold to bike repair shops for repair parts the thieves could make good money with lower risk than if they sold complete bikes.