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Bike-bound bar hopping heals bike theft wounds

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Remember all those ultra-high-end bikes that were stolen from one of the professional women's bike racing teams competing in the Exergy Tour? Well, the Boise Police Department announced that it has arrested the man officials think is responsible for not only that theft but the theft of between 30 and 50 other bikes in the area.

BPD announced on June 21 that Michael Anthony Lawrence, 19, had been nabbed while he was allegedly trying to steal tires from inside a Boise business. The department revealed that Lawrence had been the focus of an ongoing investigation into the bike thefts. He has been charged with 13 felony counts of grand theft for the bikes, valued at roughly $110,000, as well as felony burglary for the attempted tire theft.

Police have also recovered two other bikes that were reported stolen, each valued at roughly $3,500. Officials stated that they believe Lawrence has been selling his ill-gotten goods on the Internet.

In much more light-hearted bicycle news, it's time to start preparing yourself for the annual Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race.

To celebrate the annual Coldest Beer issue--which hits stands the week of Wednesday, July 4--Boise Weekly is once again hosting a brew-filled afternoon of bike-bound bar hopping.

Action will start at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at BWHQ, 523 Broad St., with sign-ups starting at 1:30 p.m.

The first 100 or so racers will take to the streets on a bike-bound scavenger hunt race that will take them to some of the fine drinking establishments in the city on their quest for glory--or at least beer.

Registration will cost you $13, and you score a sweet party at the end of the trek. The path you take is up to you but remember that stops along the route will close at 6 p.m.

In other feel-good news, Bandana Running announced that it will start selling the Janji brand of running apparel. Beyond just making you look good, the company donates part of its proceeds to charities that help alleviate the problem of malnutrition in Haiti and Kenya.

Bandana will start stocking the running gear--shorts and shirts--beginning Sunday, July 1. For more information, check out runjanji.com.

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