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'Bold and brazen' Bicycle Thief Targeting Downtown

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Courtesy LAPD
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The LAPD are looking for a bicycle thief described as being "bold and brazen," thanks to his frequent and consecutive thefts from Downtown locations, according to a press release. At the end of March, the LAPD captured surveillance photos of the suspect who stole two bicycles from the US Bank Tower garage in the space of 40 minutes, and then another one four days later from the bike rack at the City National Plaza on Flower. The last bike took him an hour of work to remove from the rack; the police say he returned several times to cut the lock bit by bit. He departed the scene riding the stolen bikes each time.The suspect is a Hispanic male, possibly in his thirties, who has a mustache. "He was last wearing a white baseball or painter’s cap, a dark jacket and white tennis shoes. He carries an oversized bag, slung over his shoulders and back, in which detectives believe, he carries tools."

Police remind cyclists to use a high-quality lock on their bicycles, and to "record the bicycle’s serial number for future reference; place unique markings on the bicycle to make it more distinguishable; and keep a receipt of the purchase to establish the value."