Suspected bike thief caught on camera

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A locked bicycle was stolen off the back of a truck in a company parking lot near the Oak Street light rail train station in Lakewood on Thursday afternoon. And the victim said it was all caught on camera.

Tim Souza said video shows the moment his co-worker noticed someone who didn’t belong on company property who was riding out of the front entrance on a bike that looked familiar.

“[It was] what he thought was my bike so he ran up to my truck and that's when he called me,” Souza said.

Souza soon realized his $5,000 bike, which he had purchased two weeks ago, was gone.

“It’s very upsetting to me,” he said. “I mean, this is the first new bike I've had in over a decade.”

And Souza said company surveillance video appeared to show the man who took it.

“Yep, this guy right there, black and green shirt and the khaki shorts,” he said, pointing to the suspect on surveillance video exiting the light rail at the Oak Street station in Lakewood.

The suspect then appeared to hop the fence onto company property. He was seen on a few surveillance cameras crossing the parking lot, and then disappearing behind Souza’s truck.

“This is where I think he's struggling to remove the bike from the vehicle,” Souza said.

It didn’t take long before the man reappears, pedaling away from Souza’s vehicle on the bicycle. The man was caught on other surveillance cameras riding the bike straight out of the front parking lot entrance.

Souza said he contacted Lakewood police but noted the clause on its website when filling out reports such as this.

“Filing a police report in this manner is only for insurance purposes and no further investigation will be pursued,” he said the policy read.

Souza said the bike was covered under his homeowner’s insurance, but it’s a $2,000 deductible.

He hoped someone would recognize the man in the surveillance video and speaks up.

“I would like them to do the right thing,” he said.

Souza said the maker of the bike, Yeti, was kind enough to give him a loaner bike to use for the holiday weekend.

Anyone with information on the suspected thief is asked to call Lakewood police.

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