Cyclists plagued by ongoing bike theft in the Haight will be happy to know that police have finally busted a man they claim is likely responsible for a rash of bike thefts in the area.
On Jan. 19, officers saw a man casually riding a bike out of a garage on the 300 block of Broderick. According to Park Station police, it was clear the man had just cut the lock off the bike prior to riding off. However, when officers ordered him to stop, the man just continued pedaling.
The cops managed to chase the suspect down; when he finally stopped, his wig fell off, revealing his head of blue hair.
Officers searched Mr. Blue's backpack and found he had all the necessary tools to steal a bike -- bolt-cutters, grinders, extra blades, and a garage door-opener.
"This suspect was no opportunist, as he appears to be a professional bike thief, hence my assumption that our bicycle burglaries will be reduced while he is in custody," said Capt. John J. Feeney.
Feeney said the bike owners had done everything they could to secure their bikes in the garage, but the suspect was still able to get in, presumably with the garage door opener he had on him.
While police are confident there are plenty of stolen bikes where this man came from, they also note this doesn't mean riders should become lax. There are countless opportunist criminals out there. With that in mind, police are reminding cyclists to always lock up their bikes in well lit areas and keep your serial number of the bike.
Meanwhile, police are working on ways in which owners can more quickly identify their stolen bikes that have been recovered by police.
No photo has yet been released of the blue-haired suspect. It warrants mentioning that, if he had accomplices, they could be called the Blue Man Group.
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