Cops are looking for an e-bike thief in Queens who stopped at nothing to steal the wheels from a 28-year-old man earlier this month.
Law enforcement sources said the theft took place at 3:24 p.m. on March 11 in front of a home on 23rd Avenue near 35th Street in Astoria.
According to police, the victim had just parked his e-bike and walked inside his home when he heard the vehicle’s alarm go off.
When he returned outside, cops said, he noticed the suspect attempting to ride off with the victim’s e-bike, valued at about $1,700. Cops said that the victim and suspect engaged in a struggle over the two-wheeler.
Seconds later, authorities noted, the e-bike thief began accelerating the ride, but the victim held on; he wound up being dragged across the street before finally relinquishing his hold on the vehicle.
Police said the suspect sped away on the victim’s ride westbound along 23rd Avenue toward parts unknown.
The incident was reported to the 114th Precinct. EMS treated the victim at the scene for minor injuries.
On Sunday, the NYPD released video footage of the e-bike thief. Cops described him as a man with a light complexion and straight dark hair, standing 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black waist-length jacket, a hooded sweatshirt and dark colored jeans.
Anyone with information regarding the e-bike thief is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.