The photo above, by m.aquila, has nothing to do with the crime. It’s just funny.
Bike thieves are often very run-of-the-mill crooks; they cut your chain and ride away on your wheels. Ho-hum.
One suspected thief on the Upper West Side, however, showed quite a bit of creativity.
The NYPD is seeking the balding mustachioed gentleman in the video below, who went so far as to borrow a ladder, climb up said ladder, and maneuver the bike up the poll to which it was hooked, Gothamist reported. This all happened on May 26 on West 76th Street. He then dropped the bike to the ground and took off — but not before returning the ladder to the brownstone where he got it!
How thoughtful of him.
The man is in his 40’s or 50’s and is about 5’10”. If you know anything, go to the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.