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Tampa police start bike registry program

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Sean Kelly doesn't just ride his bike for fun, he's a cyclist by trade.

"My bike is my livelihood, I use my bike for work," said Kelly.

The bike deliveryman for the downtown Tampa Pita Pit ran into quite the dilemma about a month ago when he let a friend borrow his bike - it was stolen.

"I really honestly never thought I would see the bike again," said Kelly.

Kelly did get his bike back, thanks to Tampa Police and their bike registry program.

"There are bikes that get stolen around the city and a lot of times most people won't have their serial number when the bikes get stolen," said Captain Ruben Delgado of the Tampa Police Department.

The program allows bike owners to supply the bike's serial number to police, that way if they come across a stolen bike they can check the number against the registry and get it back to its rightful owner.

"We want them to be proactive with us, we want to make sure that we have the information so when I do find your bike I can call you," said Delgado.

When that doesn't happen unclaimed stolen bikes end up in the Tampa Police impound lot.

A lot of bikes fall through the cracks.

The large collection of bikes led police to develop the program two years ago.

"We're trying to get the word out there to get as many bikes registered as possible," said Delgado.

Sean Kelly would have been in big trouble if his bike landed in impound instead he's back on board, working hard thanks to the bike registry.

"My bike was stolen and fortunately it was recovered," said Kelly. "I figured if I was going to invest in a bike I'm going to invest in some safety measures as well."

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