New Van Moof electric bicycles — called “the Tesla of bicycles” by The Verge — sell for more than $3,000.
A thief must have known how valuable they are, because the person was apparently using an electric grinder to steal it when it was parked on 83rd and Columbus Avenue Sunday morning. A police sergeant from the 20th precinct came upon the scene, and stopped the theft. But now police are looking for the owner so they can prosecute. The precinct’s main phone number is 212-580-6411.
We need your help! This morning, as one of our sergeants was parking his car at W83 & Columbus on his way in to work, he caught a perp using an electric grinder to steal this bike! It's worth over $1K-a Grand Larceny. We need to find the owner to help the @ManhattanDA prosecute. pic.twitter.com/u3UY6rSaS1
— NYPD 20th Precinct (@NYPD20Pct) November 3, 2019
Van Moof bikes hide the battery in the tubes that make up the bike’s frame. It’s ironic that the bike was nearly stolen, because one of their selling points is that they’re supposedly very difficult to steal.
“The bike is controlled through an app on your phone and has a stealth lock concealed in the rear hub, which you can kick to activate, or apply by selecting the padlock icon on the app. The bike makes a range of sounds to communicate with you, from powering up to a nasty growl if you try to move it when it’s locked. You can control power, check its charge and even the bike’s location all from your phone. It’s as close as a bike can get to being unstealable.”