Brazen River Falls bike thief pedals awayBicycles in River Falls get swiped all the time. Many, like cars, are left unlocked. Some, however, are locked and still stolen. In this case, a bike was unstrapped and stolen from a parked vehicle downtown. It happened last week Thursday afternoon, July 19, in the parking lot of Family Fresh Market, 303 S. Main St.
By: Phil Pfuehler, River Falls Journal
Bicycles in River Falls get swiped all the time. Many, like cars, are left unlocked. Some, however, are locked and still stolen. In this case, a bike was unstrapped and stolen from a parked vehicle downtown. It happened last week Thursday afternoon, July 19, in the parking lot of Family Fresh Market, 303 S. Main St.
The victim, a 37-year-old rural River Falls woman came out of the supermarket after shopping and spotted the young male suspect taking down a BMX red-and-gold bike – her son’s – from her vehicle.
She yelled at the suspect, “That’s my bike!”
He looked at her, got on the seat and pedaled off.
The male suspect is described as white, short blond hair, wearing a white T-shirt and gray shorts.
He rode north, crossing West Walnut Street and going through the alley past Lazy River Bar. He was later seen riding on the White Pathway.
Police searched the area but couldn’t find him or the $700 bike.
River Fall police also:
--Arrested a 25-year-old River Falls woman for drunk driving-2nd offense after she crashed her car before 11 a.m. last Thursday, July 19, at Meadows Drive and Liberty Road. She was found slumped over inside, her car still in drive, idling and all doors locked. Unable to get her to respond, a sergeant had to use a window punch to break a window so paramedics could attend to her. The car had struck a curb, had a flat tire and was impounded. When she woke the woman was said to be combative. Her blood alcohol level was later found to be very high. She was taken briefly to the hospital before being moved to county jail in Hudson.
--Cited a 20-year-old local man for underage drinking-2nd offense in the 300 block of Spring Creek Drive after 1 a.m. last Thursday, July 19. The man was with an 18-year-old woman in a parked vehicle on a darkened, dead-end, no-parking stretch of the road. A patrolling officer shined his light on the couple. The woman hadn’t been drinking and said they were consenting adults. The man adjusted his shorts before stepping out to be questioned and then tested for alcohol use. He said he’d been drinking at a friend’s house two blocks away but didn’t drive after that. He was given a $303 fine.
For more, please see Police Beat in the July 25 print edition of the River Falls Journal.