MOTT HAVEN — A man spotted riding a Citi Bike in The Bronx — five miles from the nearest Manhattan rental station — claimed he borrowed it from his cousin, police said.
Prince Jamieson, 27, was caught peddling around East 147th Street and Willis Avenue on April 21 around 2:30 p.m. far from the Midtown rental station, according to the NYPD.
“It’s my cousin’s,” Jamieson said, according to the criminal complaint. “He got it from 59th Street.”
He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property after an NYC Bicycle Share manager told authorities that the bike he was riding had been rented out on April 20 and was never returned, adding that Jamieson did not have permission to use it, court documents said.
Although Citi Bike announced in late October that it would be expanding to Harlem, Western Queens and more neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the bike-sharing program still does not have any stations in The Bronx.
Jamieson was arraigned on April 22 and charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Bail was set at $1,000 bond or $500 cash.
He had previously been arrested in 2009 for criminal possession of a weapon, according to the NYPD.
Jamieson's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.