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Police on the Hunt for Ladder-Using UWS Bike Thief

By Jess Wisloski | June 6, 2012 10:36pm

UPPER WEST SIDE — A bicycle thief that swiped a set of wheels in Manhattan went about the crime in quite an unorthodox fashion, police said. 

The NYPD released a video of a man who they say stole a bicycle on May 26, from in front of a building on West 76th Street, who used a ladder to slide the bike up the pole to which it was chained, at 4:56 p.m.

In the video, the man appears at the top of a bright green ladder, very casually lifting the bike over the top of a street sign, and dropping it to the ground. He then folds and returns the ladder to the front stoop area of a building in the video.

It appears the man then tries to get on the bike for a moment, before picking it up and lifting it over his shoulder. He then calmly walks away.

Police describe the suspected thief as a man aged 40 to 50, standing 5-foot-10, of large build and balding with a mustache.

Police would not provide information on the nearest cross street of the incident. They are asking anyone with information in regards to this larceny is asked to call Crime Stoppers  at 800-577-TIPS (8477).