MPD & DCFD Liberate Stolen Bike From Barracks Row Lockup
By Larry Janezich
Wednesday morning just before 9:00am, Erica (who did not want her last name or photo used) was walking north in the 500 block of Barracks Row when she spotted her bike – stolen a few weeks ago from her Capitol Hill back yard – locked to a bike rack outside Chat’s Liquors. The $1,000 bike was double bar locked to the bike rack, but Erica’s old cable lock was still wrapped around the seat. She checked to see that her key worked in the old lock before summoning MPD officer M.A. Lee, who in turn, enlisted the help of fire fighters from the nearby Fire and EMS Station.
A bolt cutter wielded by a fireman was successful in removing one of the bar locks, but Lee had to enlist the aid of other MPD officers with a saw to remove the second.
The owner was able to reclaim the bike after showing officers the police report of its theft. There was no word on whether police had received a report of the retrieved bike being stolen from its Barracks Row bike rack. It’s possible – perhaps likely – that the bike has changed hands more than once recently.