Customer Steals $1,700 Bicycle from Williamsburg Shop, Police Say

By Nikhita Venugopal on May 7, 2014 3:21pm 

 A thief pretending to shop for a pricey bike stole the item from Ride Brooklyn, a bicycle store and repair shop, located at 50 N. 7th St. in Williamsburg.
A thief pretending to shop for a pricey bike stole the item from Ride Brooklyn, a bicycle store and repair shop, located at 50 N. 7th St. in Williamsburg.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A man pretending to shop for a pricey bicycle stole it while a store employee was looking away, according to police and store management.

An employee at Ride Brooklyn, located at 50 N. 7th St., was showing the thief a $1,700 Cannondale Bad Boy on April 28 around 5:45 p.m, police said.

When the employee turned his back, the man jumped on the bike and rode off without paying for it, Grant Harding, a store manager at Ride Brooklyn, told DNAinfo New York.

“This guy just hopped right on and rode,” he said.

The employee and the thief were standing near the door, but inside the shop when the theft took place, Harding said.

Harding described the thief as a man in his mid-to late-30s.

Other notable crimes in the 94th Precinct, according to police, include:

► More than $6,500 worth of cameras and other digital equipment was stolen from a Williamsburg apartment on April 28. The victim, a 35-year-old man, locked his apartment door before leaving around 10:30 a.m. When he returned to his apartment on North Sixth Street between Kent and Wythe Avenues about 5:30 p.m., the electronics had been stolen.

The victim told police that the door was still locked when he returned but it could easily be opened without much force.

► Almost $3,000 was stolen from a vehicle parked at Kent Avenue and North First Street on April 27. The two victims lost a total of $2,942 when they left the vehicle to play soccer between 1:45 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and victims told police that it had been locked.

► An iPhone 5S, a Galaxy S III cell phone, an iPad Mini and cash were stolen from a woman’s handbag on April 28 at McCarren Park. The woman was sitting on a park bench around 5:40 p.m. when the thief grabbed her bag and fled on Bayard Street. A stranger found the bag and returned it to the victim but the valuables worth $1,420 were missing.

► More than $13,000 in expensive jewelry was stolen from an apartment in Northside Piers near Kent Avenue between March 1 and April 29. The victim, a 61-year-old woman, told police she lost 24-karat gold earrings, a bracelet, a chain and other pricey baubles. The woman told police she had no visitors during that time frame except for building maintenance and a contractor who worked on H-VAC ducts.

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