PROVO — A man whose bike was stolen from a Provo parking lot got it back after he recognized the bike on eBay and called police.

The $2,600 mountain bike was stolen from a parking lot near 300 W. 400 North in Provo around March 25, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The owner saw the bike for sale online on April 3 and called police.

When Provo police officers contacted the seller about the bike, he said he didn't know anything about it and swore at them, according to the affidavit.

The officer told the man that if he did know anything about the bike, he had better not damage or destroy it, according to the affidavit.

The would-be seller then allegedly dumped the bike at the University Mall April 3 around 10:30 a.m., where it was recovered and given back to police, then the owner, according to the affidavit.

After disposing of the stolen bike, the man called police and asked if he was cleared of all charges because the bike had been returned.

Not likely.

The alleged bike thief, 25, of Springville, was booked into the Utah County Jail Thursday afternoon for investigation of tampering with evidence and possession of stolen property on $3,500 cash or bond bail.