True crime: A brazen bike thief

“I still don’t know how they got over the fence. The police said it was crazy that he could jump that high.”

The Victim: Miriam Quinn
The Crime: Burglary of a garage
Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Location: 6700 block of Kenwood

The burglar hurled the bike over the fence.

Miriam Quinn likes riding bikes with her kids. It’s a great recreational activity she and her family can do together. They might pedal through their own Lakewood Heights neighborhood or head to White Rock Lake for an afternoon cruising around the beautiful surroundings.

“It’s recreational,” Quinn says of their pastime. “We go to White Rock on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Unfortunately, we can’t go now until I get a new bike.”

That’s because her bike was recently stolen by quite the brazen criminal.

“We were in the house, and he leaped the front fence and went into the garage,” she says. “We were getting ready to go out to an event, and that’s why the garage was open.”

Quinn says her fence is between 8 and 10 feet high, and scaling it would be quite an effort. She says the man then grabbed her Trek bike (valued at $400), threw it over the fence, and vaulted over the fence himself.

“I still don’t know how they got over the fence,” she says. “The police said it was crazy that he could jump that high.”

The man had been seen in the neighborhood previously, Quinn says, and police began looking for him in the area.

“The worst part is not the bike, it’s that some strange person was in your house,” she says. “I guess the lesson is never, ever leave your garage door open unless you’re right there next to it.”

Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division says an arrest hasn’t been made in the case, and no similar crimes have been reported in the area since the beginning of the year. Jones offer some advice if residents see someone out of place in your neighborhood.

“The best thing to do in a case like this is to notify all the neighbors about the suspicious person. That is why it is important to have a good crime watch group,” he says. “Keeping the neighborhood informed and aware makes it very difficult for a person looking to commit some type of crime to be successful.”

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