Stolen Citi Bike Sparks Police Chase Through Village

By Rosa Goldensohn on June 26, 2014 12:42pm 

 A Citi Bike thief jumped on the subway tracks and hopped on a bus before he was stopped, police said.
A Citi Bike thief jumped on the subway tracks and hopped on a bus before he was stopped, police said.
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WEST VILLAGE — A man with a stolen Citi Bike sparked a police chase through the Village streets, subways and buses this week, the NYPD said.

William Perry, 30, was stopped for riding a Citi Bike on the sidewalk near Christopher Street about 12:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

When an officer tried to ticket him, Perry told her that he hadn't checked the bike out but that his friend had given it to him, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's criminal complaint.

Perry then fled into the Christopher Street 1 train station at Seventh Avenue South, hopped the turnstile, ran down the platform and jumped onto the tracks, police said.

After running down the tracks, he climbed a ladder back up onto the platform, left the station and before police could catch him he hopped on a city bus heading south down Seventh Avenue, police said.

A passerby told police where Perry had gone and officers stopped the bus several blocks later, at Seventh Avenue South and Perry Street, police said.

Perry was arrested and charged with theft of services, criminal trespass, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, the DA's office said.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other recent crimes in the 6th Precinct include:

► Two teens switched T-shirts and fled after one robbed a 20-year-old woman, police said.

A 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his age, grabbed an iPhone 5s and a Kate Spade wallet from the victim on 14th Street near Sixth Avenue about 11:15 p.m. June 17, police said.

Immediately afterward, Thomas Pino, 19, approached the 17-year-old, who took off his red T-shirt and traded it for Pino's black shirt, police said. The pair then took off running.

A witness took pictures of the shirt exchange, and helped police catch up with the teens at Third Avenue and 14th Street, where officers retrieved the stolen phone, police said.

Pino was charged with criminal facilitation, the DA's office said.

Charges against the 17-year-old were withheld because of his age.

Lawyers for the teens did not respond to requests for comment.

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