This is from the CMU Campus Police (I work at CMU, so I get these bulletins). I’m posting it only because it involves a bicycle.
On Sunday, September 1, shortly after noon, a CMU student was the victim of a robbery at the bus stop in front of the Park Plaza Apartments at 128 N. Craig Street. The student was waiting at the bus stop with his cellphone in his hand when an individual on a bicycle rode by him and grabbed the cellphone from his hand. The suspect continued on North Craig Street, turned right on Bayard Street and was last seen turning left onto N. Neville Street. The student did not suffer any injuries. No words were exchanged during the incident.
The suspect was described as a black male, 19-25 years old, medium build with short hair. The suspect was wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt. The victim was unable to provide a description of the bicycle.
I wish people generally knew more about bikes and how to describe them.
Also, I can only image what the trolls will do if this hits the news…
First, I want to say that I appreciate Ahlir passing this along as an FYI, because it’s bike-related and it’s of interest.
But unless there’s a witness – I’m 53.2% disinclined to acquiesce in the willing suspension of disbelief. The first line should read,
On Sunday, September 1, shortly after noon, a CMU student reports being the victim of a robbery at…
So “Pat” is standing at a bus stop holding the phone.
The criminal rides by and snatches the phone out of Pat’s hand.
(think of the physics and alignment and odds involved)
Cops says, can you describe the perp? Black
What color shirt? Black
What color pants? Black
Describe the bike? Nope
I think Pat lost their cellphone Saturday night and needed a story for Mom and Dad so Pat could get a new one.
And you know, when Pat gets the new phone, the clerk’s going to ask what color Pat wants. Three guesses.
Whether he managed to get a good description is another matter but it’s not hard to envision it happening. First, it’s not like anyone claimed the guy rode by at 30mph or even 10 – he might well have stopped for that matter. Meanwhile the kid is probably devoting 100% of his attention to his phone, 0% to his surroundings… easy target.
(Edit: Posted before I saw Jay’s video, which should remove all doubts about plausibility)