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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

UPDATED: Purloined Unique Bicycle Recovered

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM

click to enlarge Oddly enough, this bike is tame compared to the stolen one - VIA AMAZON.COM
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  • Oddly enough, this bike is tame compared to the stolen one
UPDATE 10:55 a.m. As we typed this, SFPD was in the process of issuing a press release trumpeted the stolen unique bicycle's recovery. A press conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at Central Station in North Beach, at which time the bike will be returned to its nine-year old owner and her family. Awwwww.



click to enlarge This is what a stolen bike looks like - VIA AMAZON.COM
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  • This is what a stolen bike looks like


SFPD recovered the bike sometime Tuesday night, a spokesman told Bay

City News. Police have made no arrests in the case, but described their

suspect as "a man between 25 and 30 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches

tall to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a shaved head. He was last seen

wearing dark clothing."



Our original post follows.

We admittedly don't know

much about crime -- we're still smarting from having to return those

LifeSavers and say "We're sorry" to a RiteAid clerk when we were six --

but we're fairly sure that in order to be a successful criminal, one

must be subtle, discrete, and not steal things that are, like, really

and utterly noticeable.

Tell that to the at-large San Francisco

bicycle thief who jacked a unique two-seated two-wheeled machine --

from a special-needs child, no less -- and has thus far cheated karma

and eluded authorities.

The bike in question is a tandem contraption built by BuddyBike, stolen at 4:30 a.m. May 16 from the North Point shopping complex parking lot by "a man with a shaved head," according to the Examiner. Early riser or night owl, he's brave: he entered a locked parking lot, took the bike and rode it out off into the sunrise, according to police.

Whereever the BuddyBike may be, it can't possible have that low of a profile -- it has two seats, for the love of pedals -- and it's one of only three in San Francisco and 450 in the United States, police said. And not cheap -- they retail at $1,660 on Amazon.com.

SFPD is asking the public for its help in this case. Anyone who has seen the bike is asked to call the confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.


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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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