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.
5 responses to “MPD & DCFD Liberate Stolen Bike From Barracks Row Lockup”
boy, that’s brazen to lock it up right here in Capitol Hill where he/she stole it!
wouldn’t you wait to question who came back to retrieve it?
I found my son’s stolen bicycle on H Street at a pawn shop. Had no problem getting MPD assistance to retrieve it, but was amazed to find it just blocks from our home and for sale!
our new bikes were stolen with-in weeks…(locked in storage)…I don’t want a new bike again.
Happened to a friend of mine. She spotted her bike on Penn. Ave. a year after it was stolen. Went home got her paperwork, called the police and was reunited with her bike.