Bike theft suspects caught pink-handed

27 07 2007

CLIFTON — If you’re buying a bike and you worry it may one day be stolen, try purchasing it in pink.

This single, telling detail helped police nab a pair of juveniles on Wednesday who allegedly robbed a 15-year-old boy at knifepoint of his pink BMX bicycle.

At 5:01 p.m., police received a report of a large altercation on Third Street and Hadley Avenue. A 15-year-old Clifton boy told several officers who responded to the scene that he and his friend, a 14-year-old city boy, were attacked by a pack of 15 to 20 teenagers, Lt. Richard Berdnik said. The boy said the teens had chased him and stolen his bike. A witness told police that one of his attackers brandished a knife, Berdnik said.

In responding to the scene, Clifton police Officer Randy Colondres spotted two boys riding a pink BMX bike that fit the description of the one allegedly stolen, police said. He stopped the two boys and arrested them for robbery.

The boys, who were 12 and 14 years old and both from Passaic, were being held Thursday at the Passaic County Juvenile Detention Center in Paterson, Berdnik said. Police were investigating the possibility that the boys were members of a street gang, he said.

— Ed Beeson

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26 12 2008
mr.ivisible

i was there that day it was funn

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