Affidavit: Business owner charged after buying stolen bikes

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An East Austin business owner was charged with theft by appropriation after buying several stolen bicycles, according to an arrest affidavit.

Sergio Lejarazu, 48, owner of Jumpolin Rentals located at 1401 E. Cesar Chavez Street, purchased two bikes from an informant on May 14, police said. The informant said he had used bolt cutters to get both of the bikes, implying they were stolen, the document said.

Police then followed Lejarazu to a Southeast Austin storage facility where they watched him exchange money with two other men for the bikes, the document said.

Officers detained the three men as they attempted to leave the facility. Lejarazu was being held at the Travis County Jail on $7,000 bond. The other two men were not shown as being in custody on Monday.

Austin Police and Department of Public Safety officers worked together on an operation addressing bike thefts in the city.

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