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Sacramento PD hunt for suspect; youngster already given replacement bike through Cops and Clergy programme

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.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [497 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't imagine what kind of scumbag you'd need to be to assault and then steal from a five-year-old child.

It's beyond me.

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Bryin [37 posts] 2 years ago
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Too bad I did see the bastard take the kid's bike... I would have shot the SOB. Thank God I live in a country that allows me to carry. God Bless America!

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JonD [462 posts] 2 years ago
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Bryin wrote:

Too bad I did see the bastard take the kid's bike... I would have shot the SOB. Thank God I live in a country that allows me to carry. God Bless America!

Thank f*** we don't, apprehending the bloke is one thing, we can certainly do without vigilante idiots acting as judge and executioner.

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felixcat [486 posts] 2 years ago
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Bryin wrote:

Too bad I did see the bastard take the kid's bike... I would have shot the SOB. Thank God I live in a country that allows me to carry. God Bless America!

You can't be serious, but since Septics are weird and you may mean it let's have a look at the results of your insane gun laws.
Quite apart from the regular deliberate massacres in schools, up to a 100 children are killed accidentally by guns.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/us-accidental-gun-deaths-10...

Children themselves also kill with guns accidentally.

"After a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed her shooting range instructor with an Uzi last week, it raised what would appear to be a fairly obvious question: How often do children in the United States — where unintentional or accidental shootings occur with some frequency — fatally shoot people by accident?"
"When children unintentionally shoot themselves or other people, media reports typically follow. A three-year-old boy is playing with a gun and shoots himself in the face. A four-year-old girl discovers a gun and shoots her four-year-old cousin, killing him. A three-year-old boy shoots himself in the head. A five-year-old accidentally shoots a three-year-old girl. A five-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills himself. A four-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself. A two-year-old boy shoots and kills his 11-year-old sister. It goes on like this, story after story of unintentional shootings involving children that lead to injuries or deaths. (Many unintentional shootings of children occur when they are with people of similar ages, Vernick said, though many also involve children by themselves.)"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/04/how-often-d...

You must be really proud to live in such a country.

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skull-collector... [144 posts] 2 years ago
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UUUUuuuu GUNS SO SCAAAARYYYYYY

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FluffyKittenofT... [1579 posts] 2 years ago
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Was the child on the pavement (er, 'sidewalk')? Maybe its that cop from Grantham?

(Whoever it is is an arse, obviously. Though is this thread now about gun-control?)

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LarryDavidJr [347 posts] 2 years ago
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Bryin wrote:

Too bad I did see the bastard take the kid's bike... I would have shot the SOB. Thank God I live in a country that allows me to carry. God Bless America!

Yeah if that 5 year old had a gun this would never have happened.

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kwi [294 posts] 2 years ago
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LarryDavidJr wrote:
Bryin wrote:

Too bad I did see the bastard take the kid's bike... I would have shot the SOB. Thank God I live in a country that allows me to carry. God Bless America!

Yeah if that 5 year old had a gun this would never have happened.

Yeah, but he would of shot his mum while at the shops.....