Thieves removed the sign from a street pole on 78th street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue and lifted a bicycle over the top of the pole on Sunday night, a reader tells us. The whole operation, in fact, appears to have been relatively high-tech — and tough to guard against. Says the reader:
“The past few days I’ve been hearing what sounds like a pneumatic tool to remove lug nuts (from a car tire) in the middle of the night. I suspect that is what is being used to get these signs off quickly and grab the bikes. Please alert fellow UWS’ers….the Police are fairly helpless in these matters, even if they did want to help, so citizens be on alert, and if you hear something call the cops when its happening!”
Here’s a description of the bike:
“Black, unmarked (no stickers/logos) with a tan cloth seat, and tan-wall tires. 2 black plastic fenders, shifters on the end of the drop-bar (like street bikes) handle-bars. The pedals are regular on one-side and made for clips on the other.”
In a Craigslist post about the theft, the reader says that the bike’s got special locks on it that make it impossible to change a flat “without cutting and junking the entire wheels.” He’s asking the thief to come forward to discuss a “fair trade” before it hits the black market.
If only thieves could channel this kind of creativity into higher pursuits, we would all be riding hovercrafts on the moon!