LOWER MANHATTAN — A Citi Bike rider trying to help his friend pay at a rental kiosk downtown Friday night had his bike stolen just a few feet away, cops said.
A 24-year-old man had propped his Citi Bike near a docking station at 90 Maiden Lane at 9 p.m. Aug. 23 and was helping his friend use the rental kiosk when a thief hopped on the victim’s Citi Bike and sped away down Gold Street, according to police reports.
The theft came just a few hours after another man told cops that his personal bike — a $3,000 Litespeed model — was stolen from a rack at the corner of Barclay and Washington streets.
According to police reports, the man locked up his Litespeed about 8 a.m., and when he returned to the rack about 3 p.m., his bike and the lock were gone.
At another rack on Barclay Street, this one at the corner of Church Street, a 25-year-old told officers that his $1,250 Scott Contessa Speedster was stolen at some point between 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 1 a.m. on Aug. 20. When he came back to pick up the bike, all he found was his broken lock.
Also on Aug. 20, police said a $1,100 grey Cannondale was swiped from a rack in Battery Park City, at the corner of Liberty and West streets. The 30-year-old victim told officers that when he returned to the rack after work, his bike and the bike lock chain were missing.
Police were still investigating the crimes as of Tuesday.
Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:
— Two young men swiped a $1,695 Proenza Schouler bag and a $995 Alexander Wang tote from a TriBeCa boutique on Aug. 20, police said. The men covertly grabbed the pricey items from Edon Manor at about 6 p.m. before quickly leaving the shop, police said.
— An $895 leather dress and $370 sweater were stolen from a Helmut Lang store in SoHo, police said. The goods were swiped on Aug. 14 from the 93 Mercer St. store, police said.