(Avalon, NJ)—Avalon Police Chief William McCormick has announced the arrest of a Pennsylvania man on charges that he stole a bicycle in the community that belonged to the Avalon Police Department during a bicycle theft sting operation on Monday, August 13th.

Borough Police charged 37 year old John P. McCormick of Perkasie, PA with charges including theft, receiving stolen property, and unlawful taking a means of conveyance.  Mr. McCormick is unrelated to the Avalon Police Chief.

On Monday, August 13th at approximately 1:00am, Avalon police placed a bicycle at the corner of 22nd Street and Dune Drive.  Mr. McCormick was seen by police taking the bicycle and riding away from the intersection.  He was apprehended by the Avalon Police Department Bicycle Unit one block away on Ocean Drive.

Arresting officers were Patrolman Timothy Beal, Special Officer Mark Glassford, and Special Officer Trevor Donohue.  Mr. McCormick was released on his own recognizance following his arrest.

The Avalon Police Department reminds all residents and visitors that a bicycle theft is a crime of opportunity.  When bicycles are not in use, they should be locked up or placed inside a secure building like a shed or garage.