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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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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.

This is what a stolen bike looks like - VIA AMAZON.COM
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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

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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