Miss S and Rose rode their bikes to the library yesterday afternoon. They have done this before and have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There is a grand sense of satisfaction that comes frombeing able to transport one's self from point A to point B. Rose inherited my old bike after I broke my tailbone for the second time. Bicycle seats and fragile tailbones do not mix well. Miss S received her bike about a week ago from her lovely CASA workers.
Upon leaving the library, they discovered that Miss S's bike had been stolen. The lock had been busted off. Rose called from the library to tell us. They had notified the library personnel who called the police. Hubby immediately jumped in his truck to go help. Due to Hubby's profession, he has a few connections that can help in a case like this. Along with filling out the police report, Hubby and the girls were able to watch the video surveillance that shows the bike abduction. And this is where it gets interesting.
The thief looks like a middle school girl. Rose actually saw her in the teen room. The girl was leaving as Rose was entering. Video shows her walking out of the library, looking quite smug, with two guys. Video shows her testing the locks on ALL the bikes in the rack. It shows how she settled on Miss S's lock and busted it off. It shows her straddle-walking the bike away. And it leaves me with three questions:
1) The bike rack is right by the front entrance of the library. Was everyone so oblivious that they couldn't tell that she was trying to steal a bike?
2) What kind of home/friend environment is this kid a part of that she smuggly steals a bike? Seriously? I would like to see that environment.
3) Did the girl honestly not notice all the cameras watching her? And did she not think that "Oh, I was just using the computers in the teen room and had to use my library card to access it and that the card has all my personal contact info"?
Anyhoo, Hubby is in the process of tracking her down. He would have already had her, but there are some protocol issues that he absolutely has to follow. But those should be completed soon and then, Dear Little Punk Girl Who Stole Miss S's Bike: WATCH OUT! We are coming for you. You are not as sneaky as you thought.