Stolen bicycle leads to drug charge

A police officer looking for a stolen bicycle led to an Oxford man being arrested on a drug-related charge.

Police spotted Brian Burdge, 26, in the morning of Oct. 3 in the area of Locust Street and College Corner Pike. The man denied to police the matte black Trek FX2 was stolen. He told police he purchased the bike but officers confirmed it was the stolen bike from a day prior.

When searching Burdge, police found two needles in his pocket. Burdge also had a backpack, which contained a cutting tool. The bicycle was secured with a lock, and police say it was cut with a similar cutting tool.

Burdge was cited for receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the first degree and possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the first degree due to a similar prior conviction.

Burdge was taken to the Butler County Jail on the two charges along with an outstanding warrant for possessing drug abuse instruments.

Burdge is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 in Area I Court in Oxford.

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