20 06 2008

Police request help in case of electric bike stolen from disabled man

From staff reports

16 June 2008

Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/jun/18/no-headline—nxxfctheft19/

Camarillo police are asking for the public’s help in the case of an electric bicycle stolen from a disabled man last week.

The $2,500 electric bicycle was parked near the front of the Target store at 209 W. Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo when it was stolen about 2:20 p.m. June 12, police said in a statement Tuesday night. The bicycle, an 18-inch Tidal Force M-750 High Performance unit, had a lock on it, but it was not attached to a stationary object.

Surveillance video showed a heavy set woman casing the area then carrying the 80-pound bicycle to a 2-door sedan in front of the store, putting it on a bike rack attached to the rear of the sedan and driving away, police said.

The electric bicycle’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, is a disabled man who is unable to drive. The bicycle is his primary method of transportation.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to call Det. M. Luna at 388-5116.

To give an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 494-TALK. Tipsters who give information that leads to an arrest and criminal complaint against a suspect could receive up to $1,000 cash.

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