LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After helping one man recover his stolen bicycle, Los Angeles police are singing the praises of a free registration site called the Bike Index.

Los Angeles police detectives on Aug. 10 arrested a man in possession of a bike that was determined to be stolen.

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Officers identified the rightful owner of the bicycle with a quick search of www.bikeindex.org, a website where owners can enter a description of their bicycles.

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The bicycle’s owner, Daniil Sharou, confirmed with officers that his bicycle had been stolen two days earlier on his birthday.

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The LAPD “strongly encourages” bicycle owners to register their bicycles on Bike Index, whether already stolen or not.