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Man's Bike Stolen From Police Station Foyer While He Was Inside

By Alex Parker | January 3, 2015 2:51pm | Updated on January 6, 2015 9:12am
 An SE Lager bike, similar to the one stolen out of the Shakespeare District police station.
An SE Lager bike, similar to the one stolen out of the Shakespeare District police station.
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CHICAGO — A Logan Square man is trying to figure out how his bike was stolen right from under his nose — and the noses of Shakespeare District police officers.

Adam Wisneski, 31, went to the police station Friday night around 9 p.m. to report his iPhone stolen. He had lost it on an "L" train about a month ago, he said, and was recently contacted by someone who bought the phone, asking for its access code.

He rode his bike, a black SE Lager, to the police station, 2150 N. California Ave., but left his lock at home. Wisneski asked officers if it was OK if he left it in the foyer of the station. When they said it was OK, he filed the police report, which he said took about 30 minutes.

That's when the unthinkable happened.

"I turned around, and my bike was gone," Wisneski said. "I thought it was a joke. I thought someone was messing with me."

But it wasn't a joke. The bike was gone in a brazen theft as police officers staffed the station.

"There were probably like five officers in the police station," Wisneski said. But, he said, they were preoccupied with their duties.

When he realized the bike was stolen — "I was dejected," he said. 

He turned around and filed a new report. Wiseski said one person had entered and left the station while he was there, but it was not clear if that person took the bicycle.

"We laughed a little bit," he said.

But it's not that funny, Wisneski said.

"The fact that I was there to file a report about something else that was stolen, I just never thought in a million years someone would steal a bike from inside a police station," Wisneski said.

A police officer told him, "That's a first for me, too."

The bike is a black SE Lager with bullhorn handlebars and thick black tires. Anyone with information can contact Shakespeare District police at 312-744-8290, referencing case number HY102170.

Police are investigating.

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