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Man sought in fraudulent buy of $1,700 bike

Costa Mesa police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who fraudulently purchased a bicycle worth $1,700 last month, authorities said.

The man entered a business in the 1200 block of West Baker Street at about 11:45 a.m. Jan. 13, selected a gray KHS Flite 750 bicycle and bought it with what turned out to be false traveler's checks, said police Lt. Victor Bakkila.

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He said the man "may be frequenting other bike shops in the area."

The man, seen on security footage, was described as 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds with short black hair, a short goatee and brown eyes.

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Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (714) 754-4873.

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