Chesterfield Police looking for neighborhood bike thief

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Chesterfield County are hoping the community can help them find the man responsible for stealing bikes from a neighborhood pool.

Sunny weather means more and more people visiting their neighborhood pools, but on Tuesday, one criminal decided to take advantage of that.

Bikes and skateboards were stolen from outside The Grove’s neighborhood clubhouse on Biggin Pond Road. Residents describe the neighborhood as a safe place; not one where something like this normally happens.

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“No one thinks that their bikes are going to get stolen,” teenager Dylan Atkins told 8News Reporter Tracey Smith.

Atkins was one of the teenagers whose property was stolen.

“I was kind of shocked because [of] where we hid our longboards,” said Atkins. “You would have to be walking past where they’re hidden; you have to be looking for something to find them.”

C86EDD781A844CE3BDFEC43A8EAECFC8The suspect is described as a roughly 5-foot-9 white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He has shoulder length curly hair and was last seen wearing a purple Hurley shirt with the sleeves cut off.

Lifeguards are now encouraging pool guests to bring their bikes inside the gated area, but there is still concern that this suspect could target other neighborhoods.

“I would just say if you are going to the pool and you have bikes, longboards, hoverboards, whatever, just lock them up or take them in the pool with you so they don’t get stolen,”Atkins said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Chesterfield Police or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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