By Sabina Mollot
On Monday, October 5, in Stuyvesant Town’s Avenue C Loop (Avenue C and 16th Street), a resident’s bike was stolen, despite being secured with a U-lock.
The resident, who didn’t want his name published, said it was a $500 Fuji Declaration. A couple of days after it disappeared, the man said he heard there was an arrest of two young men stealing other bikes in Stuyvesant Town and that there were other recent bike thefts.
A spokesperson for the NYPD did not return requests for comment on whether or not there has been a pattern of thefts. Nor did the 13th Precinct.
However, the October 22 issue of Town & Village reported on the arrest of a 23-year-old man, Jose Perez, in connection with another bike stolen from Stuyvesant Town the previous week.
Perez, who was arrested in front of 309 Avenue C, was allegedly using clippers to try to steal a $1400 motorized bike, with another man who was not arrested. He allegedly later told police, “This is what we do. We steal these bikes because we know they cost over $1,000 dollars and I can get like $600 for them automatically. I’m still gonna get my money though.”