Man caught in bicycle theft arrested and charged

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:41pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:01am

Last Wednesday, a surveillance camera from a Brownsville bike shop called "Bicycle World" showed a man walking out of the store with a nearly $6000 electric bike.

The man had not paid for the merchandise and walked straight outside with it. Two days later, the Brownsville Police put out a press release about the incident, hoping someone would be able to identify the thief.

"We did receive a Crime Stoppers call, advising us that this individual was in the area Four Corners at the Walgreens," said Brownsville Police Department public information officer JJ Trevino. "The investigators responded to the location. They did find him after a short pursuit, he was detained and charged at the moment with evading arrest."

Once police were able to obtain a warrant against Christopher Garcia for the actual theft, they charged him the next day.

"The total bond was set at $12,500."

In the rare event that you do stumble upon the bicycle though, Brownsville Police want you to remember a vital piece of information so you don't get in trouble:

"This is still considered stolen property, so if you found it or you bought it or whatever the case might be, you have to realize that it's still stolen property," said Trevino. "If your caught with can still face charges, if you turn it in then there's no issue."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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