We’re receiving several reports from our loyal readers that there has been an uptick in stolen bicycles and moped in the month of July.

One friend of ours told us that she has heard of 8 mopeds being stolen in the past 7 days! What’sUpNewp is hoping to use our resources here on the inter-web to educate people about the issue and also help grow the search party for beloved property that has gone missing.

If you know something about the current location of any of the below items, e-mail Ryan@whatsupnewp.com or call 401-662-1653 and we can put you in touch with the rightful owner. If you have a tip on where something is or see something, let us know. Anonymity guaranteed.

Newport Police Department responded to the increase in calls and reports of stolen vehicles on Facebook on Monday;

“During the summer season, the Newport Police Department receives an increase in calls for stolen bicycles and motor scooters. Please take precautionary measures to ensure your bicycle or motor scooter is locked up when unattended. Although it is not a failsafe approach it is an added deterrent. As a reminder, Newport residents can register their bicycles at the police station. This could assist in the return of your bicycle in the event it is lost or stolen. The Newport Police Department will continue to increase efforts in locating and identifying potential suspects. We ask that if anyone sees any suspicious activity; such as tampering with locks, walking a scooter, or loading bicycles/scooters into vehicles to contact us immediately at our non-emergency number (401) 847-1306 or in the event of an emergency (401) 847-1212.”

Reported to WUN on July 21, 2016

While a father and son were enjoying putting their feet in the water around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Battery Park, their orange specialized mountain bike and a razor scooter, that were just out of sight, were stolen.

Reported to WUN on July 19, 2016

“My 2004 Honda Ruckus was stolen last Wednesday night from my driveway on Historic Hill. It’s Black with red decals and a luggage rack and was locked up. When I called the dealer I purchased it from hoping they’d keep an eye out for it, they mentioned it was one of many Ruckus’s stolen from Newport last week. From different conversations I’ve had with friends around town about 5 Ruckus’s plus other scooters were reported missing. The police were asking for any security camera footage that neighbors might have that could help in the hunt.” – Ted Slee

Reported to WUN on July 19, 2016 – update – this bike has been found! 

Reported to WUN on July 19, 2016

Are you missing something? Report it to the Newport Police Department and then report it to us (E-mail: ryan@whatsupnewp.com), we’ll add it to this list.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.