Yesterday evening (July 6th) Utica Police took a stolen bicycle complaint in West Utica. Below is a photograph of the stolen bicycle.
A six (6) year old girl just received the bicycle for her birthday four days ago. Around 8:00 pm, while in the area of Court Street & Sunset Avenue, a group of teenage boys asked to try the bike. The little girl, who comes from a large family where sharing is very important to them, allowed the teenager to "try" her bicycle. The teenage thief immediately rode off and never returned.
Our department searched extensively for the bicycle but could not find it. The only picture of the bike came from a video clip on the mother’s phone from when they surprised her with the bike.
Upon learning about the stolen bicycle Deputy Chief Edward Noonan and Police Officer Sanel Beslic immediately donated bicycles from their own households. Officers took the donated to the little girl's house and were immediately met with hugs and tears when the officers gave them the bikes. Great job Deputy Chief Noonan and Officer Beslic.
We are asking for our community's help in locating the stolen bicycle. The only picture of the bike came from a video clip on the mother’s phone from when they surprised her with the bike. Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of the bicycle is asked to call the Utica Police Department at (315) 223-3461. Thank you.