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La Crosse man charged for stealing 2 bikes worth $14,000 during Hixon’s Epic race



Said another guy threw stolen bike into river 

Arrested for stealing two bicycles worth $14,000 during a race in La Crosse, Joseph Franzoi could get 12 years in prison.

The 25-year-old La Crosse man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly taking the two bikes off the roof of a parked car during the Hixon Forest Epic bike race.

Franzoi told police that he was not in “the game” of stealing bicycles anymore but he heard that a man named Nico actually stole one of the bikes and threw it into the river to avoid getting caught.

Franzoi said he was searching for the bike himself because, well, they’re worth $10,000.

La Crosse County is now charging Franzoi with a repeat charge of theft.

Police did recover the other stolen bike.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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