Police in California are searching for a pick-up truck driver who pushed a five-year-old boy off his bike and stole it. The youngster has alreasy been given a replacement thanks to an initiative by local police and churches.
Sacramento Police Department say the theft happened last Tuesday 17 March on the city’s Blockwood Avenue, reports Fox 40.
They say the man, described as 5’ 10” to 6’ tall with short black hair and aged in his mid-20s, pushed the child off the black and red Schwinn bike then put it in his pick-up truck and drove off.
The boy’s father tried to give chase in vain, but the boy now has a replacement bike through the Cops and Clergy programme.
Officer Tracy Trapini told Fix News that the man “pushed the child off the bicycle, grabbed the bike and threw it in the truck.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that somebody, an adult, would get out of their vehicle to steal a bike from a child. This is just the top-of-the-line bully and we want to catch him,” she added.
The vehicle was a white Chevrolet S-10 extended cab pick-up truck similar to the one pictured and was spotted on the city’s network of traffic cameras.
It was not reported whether police had managed to identify the license plate number.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.