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Police charge Hull man in rash of bike thefts

Cohasset police say they’ve cracked the case of the missing pricey bikes, arresting a Hull man they say was connected to a rash of bicycle thefts.

Sergeant Michael Lopes said some 21 high-end bikes -- one valued at $6,000 and others at about half that amount -- were taken from Cohasset driveways and garages over the past month. Altogether about $40,000 worth of bikes went missing.

Lopes said police developed information alleging that James M. Haley, 34, of Hull, was involved, and placed him under surveillance. Haley was arrested in the Cohasset MBTA commuter rail parking lot on Nov. 16 as he allegedly was trying to sell two stolen mountain bikes worth more than $5,500, Lopes said.

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Haley was arraigned in Quincy District Court and pleaded not guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property.

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Police said in a press release that Haley is also a person of interest in several high-end bicycle thefts in Nashua, N.H.

Cohasset detectives are sharing information and leads with New Hampshire investigators, as well as detectives in surrounding local jurisdictions, and more charges are expected, the release said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.