I think that when the media first reported the arrest of Igor Kenk who it seems may have stolen over 3,000 bicycles off the streets of Toronto, he was labeled as some type of kook or eccentric. His lawyer suggests the whole thing is being overblown. I don't think so. My impression is that Kenk is just a immoral crook. Let me tell you why.
As people began showing up at the police warehouse (including family members) to see if their stolen bike has shown up, they often walk away quite disappointed. If they do locate their bike, it is more likely just junk since Kenk was using the parts in his bike repair business - The Bicycle Clinic at 927 Queen St. W. That's right - he was stealing bikes off the street, not because he has some weird obsession, but to operate his business. Interesting how customers have come forward to admit he didn't charge much for repairs. That's because other Torontonians were unknowingly supplying his business with free bike parts. He was renting storage space all over downtown to store his junked contraband.
In fact, it appears to police were aware of his activities but never did anything about it. Word had gotten around downtown that if you had a bike stolen, don't bother going to police. Instead go to The Bicycle Clinic and for $30 you could probably get your bike back from Kenk. He considered himself to be untouchable until a sting operation brought him down.
I doubt he was going to be treated very harshly by the courts until the police also discovered a significant stash of drugs. So now maybe the Bicycle Thief might be looking at serious jail time.
Oh and it seems reports of bike thefts have dropped since Kenk's arrest. In the seven days leading up to Mr. Kenk's July 16 arrest, Toronto police took 36 reports of stolen bikes throughout their 14 Division patrol area. In the seven days after that, 21 bicycles were reported stolen, said Superintendent Ruth White, commander of the division.The theft rate fell even further after that, with just six reported between July 23 and 28.