Thief Gets Away on Stolen Bike

A $444 bicycle was swiped on Jan. 13 from the University Bicycle Center.

A getaway vehicle wasn’t necessary for one Tampa thief.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the man swiped a ride from the University Bicycle Center, 1220 Fletcher Ave. E., on Jan. 13 around 4:30 p.m.

Deputies say the suspect walked into the store, took a seat off a Giant Revel Aluxx 6000 series bicycle, walked past the last point of sale and rode the bike away in a northwest direction.

They’re now looking for that man on a grand theft charge.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male of an unknown age. He’s about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink long sleeve dress shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and was carrying a black backpack.

The bike he is accused of stealing was black and white in color.

Anyone who might have information to help solve the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 813-247-8200. Those who want to be eligible for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be reported anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or by texting "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).


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