Video: Serial bike thief has been on the loose for nearly two months

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Alleged bike thief.
Your bikes are not safe -- even inside your apartment building.

After writing about a new smartphone app designed to help cyclists retrieve stolen bikes, we heard from one Denver user whose custom-made bike was stolen in July from inside his apartment building. Turns out he's not the only victim.

That's right -- there's an alleged serial bike thief on the loose in Denver, and although police have several very clear photos of him from early July, the suspect is still at large, according to a DPD spokesman.

Here are two photos of the suspect, taken outside the apartment building where he is alleged to have snatched a handful of bikes earlier this summer.

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Patrick Obando, who owns one of the stolen bikes, tells us that he was out of town over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when he heard there was some kind of "security breach" in his building, at 90 Corona Street. A week later when he went to ride his bike, he realized that it had been stolen right out of a bike storage facility in the building. The bikes in the building are locked in "bike igloos" -- mini storage structures that fit a single bike. Apparently the alleged thief was able to pry it open and steal Obando's custom-made black and red Republic bike.

And several others.

Obando says that from what he understands, the thief stole a total of eight bicycles from inside the apartment building at around 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. on July 2. A DPD spokesman tells us that at least four bikes were stolen, possibly during several separate incidents at that apartment complex. An alert sent out later in July through 9News Crime Stoppers with one of those photos describes the suspect as a twenty-something white or Hispanic man approximately five-ten tall and weighing 155 pounds.

"It's just been terrible," says Obando, 33, who custom-designed the bike online at a cost of $450. "To know that it was stolen when it was in my apartment building...that really made me upset."

And here's a weird part of the story: The bike thief apparently came back in the morning the next day, perhaps to try and steal more. An employee for the building on site snapped those clear shots of the suspect, who had a bike with him, and that's how DPD ended up with the photos. They were not, however, able to arrest the suspect.

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Patrick Obando.
"I'm hopeful that it will show up," says Obando, a marketing director who works at 16th Street and Stout. He's now driving in to work, and will do so until the bike turns up or he decides to buy a new one.

"It's a nine-minute bike ride versus a 25-minute car ride," he says.

Continue reading to learn more about the incident at 90 Corona Street and another possibly related mass bike theft -- and to watch a video of the thief.


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14 comments
rockiesfever
rockiesfever

hes a little skinny to be stealing from people. my fiance could kick his ass

Jim B Bochenek
Jim B Bochenek

I wish i could catch hom in the act. I would beat the living shit outa him!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

He'd be better off selling meth and molesting children , than stealing bikes .

Ask Sheriff Patrick Sullivan , about that one........

Elliott Bath
Elliott Bath

I used to be against the death penalty. Lol

Samantha Silver
Samantha Silver

My bike was stolen yesterday outside my apartment in capital hill!

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

I hope they catch this douche and wish the police would put more effort into stoping this. Kinda like the bait car.... Stake out nice bikes and arrest anyone who tries to steal it.

Aaron Dean
Aaron Dean

He looks like a first class douchebag

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders

no, but if he has a circa '83 bianchi with a broken right pedal, send him my way. i have a brick for his goddamn smug-looking face.

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

I'm all for finding this guy and handing out a huge heaping of street justice...arrest and a courtroom are far too good for this sack of shit

Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

Hope y'all catch those MF'ers quick! Had both my roommates bikes stolen back in 1996 at 10th & Ogden from a porch. It really sucks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Bike Thievery is a Hanging Offense in these here parts ...

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