A stolen bike, advertised for sale via social media, led Bedfordshire Police to recover over 100 other bikes at a Bedford property.
And anyone who has had their bike stolen in the last few weeks is urged to contact Police to see if theirs is among the haul.
A member of the public reported the stolen bike being advertised on a social media site on Thursday 2 July.
Officers attended the address of the seller in Bedford, and a 41-year-old man from the town was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. He has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.
The advertised bike was just the tip of the iceberg; officers recovered over 100 other stolen bikes at the property.
PC Jade Kilbey, investigating, said, “This was a proactive arrest carried out off the back of intelligence provided by a member of the public who had been a victim of bike theft.
“The number of bicycles we have recovered is significant and it would be great to be able to reunite some of them with their rightful owners.
“We would urge anyone who has had their pedal cycle stolen within the Bedford area in recent weeks to get in contact with the make, model, colour and serial number of their bike, along with any other distinguishing features.
“Please bear in mind our contact centre is extremely busy and must prioritise emergency calls, so please use our online reporting centre to provide details, using the crime reference 40/35795/20.”