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Cole and his bicycle.

Cole and his bicycle.

– The Paso Robles Police Department is encouraging the public to explore Nextdoor.com as way of sharing information between neighbors and with their police department. Nextdoor.com recently helped the department identify and return a stolen bicycle to the owner.

On March 8, 2017, the PRPD received the following message, via Nextdoor.com, from Paso Robles resident Alexander Cole:

In the past month, I have had two bicycles stolen off my front porch on Pine Street in Paso. One was locked up that was stolen today (a black/red specialized mountain bike) it seems they used bolt cutters to cut the cable lock. Lock your stuff up people, let’s catch these criminals!

27-year-old Harrison Vaughn LaBarbera of Paso Robles.

27-year-old Harrison Vaughn LaBarbera of Paso Robles.

Cole did not know it, but the PRPD had already recovered his stolen bicycle. During the early morning hours of March 07, 2017, officers arrested a suspect for various drug violations after he tried to elude them on a mountain bike. The officers seized the 21-speed Specialized (brand) mountain bike believing it might be stolen. At the time, officers did not know to whom the bike belonged but Cole’s Nextdoor.com message helped the department return the $800 bike to its rightful owner.

In addition to drug charges, the suspect is now facing additional criminal charges for possessing stolen property. The PRPD has identified the suspect as 27-year-old Harrison Vaughn LaBarbera of Paso Robles.

For more information about Nextdoor.com’s free service, please visit the company’s official website at Nextdoor.com.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on , Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.

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