|Be on the lookout - Electric bicycle theft
Friday, August 26, 2011
Treasure Island Police Department is investigating the theft of an electric bicycle from Kingfish Drive. The theft occurred on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at approximately 11:15 pm.
The victim, St. Pete Beach resident Matthew Collins, reported to police that he parked his bicycle at Kingfish Park, located at the end of Kingfish Drive, east of Gators Café and Saloon. Collins stated he arrived at the park at approximately 10:00 am, secured the bike with a cable lock and left for a day of fishing on a friend’s boat. When Collins returned to the Kingfish Marina at 11:50 pm, the cable lock had been cut and the bike was missing.
The stolen bike is described as a blue, IZIP ZUMA “E” electric bike with headlight and taillight. The bike was recently purchased new in June for $1,750.00.
An on-going investigation has lead to the identification of at least one suspect vehicle and a second vehicle associated with the theft. Investigators have located video footage from Gators Sport Bar which shows these two vehicles in the area of Gators between 10:20 pm and 11:15 pm on the day of the theft. The suspect vehicle is a newer model, small 4 door sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra or similar style and size vehicle. The suspect vehicle is either silver or a light color and appears to be missing all four hubcaps. The second vehicle is a small, dark colored hatchback.
The video footage shows the vehicles traveling back and forth in front of Gators for approximately 35 minutes prior to the theft. Several subjects can be seen riding on top of each vehicle at one point as they pass by the video camera.
At approximately 11:15 pm, the silver sedan is seen leaving westbound on Kingfish Drive with what appears to be the victim’s bicycle hanging from the open trunk. The small black hatchback follows shortly after, and both vehicles are no longer observed on video footage.
The Police Department is asking for the publics’ assistance with identifying the persons responsible for the theft of this bicycle as well as the owners of the two vehicles involved. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer Brandt Burton at 727-547-4595.