Video: Thief tries to steal bike from outside police station - and gets arrested

A late entry for the 2018 Stupidest Bike Thief Award

A man who tried to steal a bike from outside a police station in Oregon was Tarrested after officers spotted the attempted theft on CCTV.

The attempted theft took place on the evening of 27 December with the video posted to Facebook by the Gladstone Police Department.

The footage has gone viral with more than 170,000 views and has received national news coverage.

The man, named as Adam Valle, was using bolt-croppers to try and break the bike's lock when an officer identified as Sargeant Okerman came out of the police station pointed a Taser at him to detain him. 

Other officers subsequently arrived to help arrest the man, who had been wearing a hat and a hoodie to try and conceal his identity.

We've covered stories of inept would-be bike thieves regularly over the years, but we reckon this one could be a late contender for the A late entry for the 2018 Stupidest Bike Thief Award.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.