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October 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Gear stolen from Alaska couple cycling to South America recovered

An Alaska couple cycling to South America will be reunited with their bikes and belongings after a Skagit County couple were arrested for allegedly stealing their gear.

A husband and wife, both 24, were arrested earlier this month for investigation of trafficking in stolen property and possession of stolen property, according to Mount Vernon police. The Alaska couple had stopped in Mount Vernon for dinner on their way to South America over Labor Day weekend when their things were stolen.

Mount Vernon police spokesman Lt. Chris Cammock said in a news release that the 24-year-old woman reportedly sold a camera, a headlamp and an iPod to a local pawn shop. A police detective was able to recover the images on the camera memory card and linked it to the Alaska couple, police said.

Police said that relatives of the Skagit County couple stored bicycle repair kids and small backpacks. On Oct. 3, police in Burlington searched a home and found bike saddlebag, camping gear and other items belonging to the Alaska couple. The bicycles were eventually found, though they were partially damaged, police said.

Cammock said they have mailed some of the recovered items to the Alaska couple, who bought new equipment after the thefts. The Alaska couple have made it to Southern California, Cammock added.

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