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Friday, February 20, 2015

Cops Reunite Cyclist With Stolen Bike, Releases Suspect

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

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Fortunately, a San Francisco woman was reunited with her stolen bike. Unfortunately, the suspect linked to the crime is back on the streets. 

According to Officer Albie Esparza, some cops were patrolling the area on Market Street near UN Plaza at about 1:37 p.m. on February 9 when they saw a guy riding a bike on the sidewalk, which isn't legal. When they stopped him, they noticed the bike had a "SF SAFE" bike registration sticker on it. The dutiful cops contacted the SAFE program and verified through staff that the bike belonged to someone else — not the man pedaling it about.  

The cops seized the bike, but because the bike had not been reported stolen at that time, they released the man.

It was only later that day, they learned a police report had been filed online, claiming that same bike had been stolen. After a follow up investigation, police determined the bicycle was snatched on Feb. 4, from Howard and Second streets when the victim was at a doctor’s appointment.

"There was no video evidence that shows he had stolen it that's why we had to let him go," Esparza tells us, adding that the man is still a suspect  "We know who he is so hopefully, there will be an arrest."

In any event, now might be a good time to register your bike, just in case. 
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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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