According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, 18-year-old Nadjib Bourahla and 18-year-old Jaylin A. Richards were both released from the Johnson County Jail at 9:15 a.m. July 9. Bourahla had previously been charged with attempted burglary; Richards with fifth-degree theft.
Less than 20 minutes after their release, police said the exterior video system at Bio Life – which is only five blocks from the jail – showed each man taking a new bicycle from the bike racks and riding away. The men were identified by several officers and the men were shown to be wearing the same clothes as when they were released from the jail.
Both men were arrested and now face charges of fifth-degree theft.
“It just shows how frequently it happens,” Brotherton said. “We see them more in the summer and we’ll see more when the students come back.”
Brotherton said bikes are frequently stolen when people don’t lock them up or when they leave them locked up, but unattended for a long period. They are also taken from porches, garages or yards.
“It’s pretty common around here,” Brotherton said.
Brotherton suggested that anyone with a bike register its serial number with the city. Doing so will make it easier to recover and return a bike if it is lost or stolen.