While the case of accused bike thief Igor Kenk winds its way through the courts, close to 2,300 bikes seized in police garage raids sit unclaimed in a deserted secondary school targeted for demolition. And it will eventually be the site of a new 14 division police station.
“The sooner we can come to a resolution of how to dispose of those bicycles the happier I am,” said police Supt. Ruth White, after hearing that Kenk’s bail review was adjourned from Wednesday to next Wednesday.
“The bikes are in a building that’s going to be demolished. It’s my new station,” said White.
The bikes have to be removed before they could go to auction, she added. The old Heydon Park Secondary School on St. Anne’s Road, a career preparatory school for girls, is slated for demolition in January or February.
So far, 582 of bikes seized from 12 locations have been returned to their owners, said White.
On Nov. 9, the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office, a branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General, filed an interloctory motion for an order for interim sale of the bikes and that the proceeds be held by the court pending the outcome of the full application.
That earlier application is for forfeiture of Kenk’s property as alleged proceeds of crime and includes the numerous bicycles, his business called “Igor’s Bicycle Clinic” at 927 Queen St. W. and his two Toyota trucks.
The matter was adjourned from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4.
Meanwhile police have their hands tied, with a load of seized bikes on their hands, no funds to pay for private storage and nowhere to move them until the case concludes.
Before the adjournment of Kenk’s bail review Wednesday, Superior Court Justice John Hamilton was hoping there must be “some way” to address secondary grounds for release, in other words how to address the possibility of bail if the 50-year-old Kenk re-offended again while out on bail.