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Bellingham man sentenced after police find $46k in stolen bikes

A man will spend one year in prison after being caught with two bicycles worth $12,000 and leading police to a campsite containing close to $34,000 in stolen bikes in November 2014.

Jerred E. Woods, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of stolen property and was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, according to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court on Dec. 11.

Woods and Brett T. Stenevich were found with a Trek Sessions 9.9 bike valued at $10,000 and a Trek road bike worth $2,000 near King and Fraser streets on Nov. 5, charging documents said. Police were patrolling the area following reports of eight bikes being stolen the previous day from a man’s garage in the same area. When found, Woods told police that Stenevich had asked him to help take the bikes to Stenevich’s campsite nearby, where eight more bikes were found, court documents said. The two men told police they were transient.

The eight bikes found at Stenevich’s camp had a combined value of $45,800, according to court documents. The bikes included two Kona performance bikes with a combined value of $5,800 and six more Trek bikes. They were all returned to their owners the same day.

Woods has several prior convictions, with the most recent being a controlled substance violation in April 2014. He was also convicted of second-degree possession of stolen property, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct, all within the last 10 years.

Stenevich pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of burglary tools, two counts of burglary and eight counts of possession of stolen property, court documents said. He is scheduled for a jury trial on Jan. 12, 2015.

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