Dozens of bicycles stolen in month during daytime ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

September 09, 1993|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Staff Writer

The Ellicott City area has been the site of almost three dozen daytime bicycle thefts in the past month, with thieves pedaling away with bikes worth as much as $600, according to Howard County police.

Since mid-August, about 30 bicycles have been stolen from open garages in communities located in north Ellicott City. Most thefts have occurred between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., police said.

Police say thieves keep taking away Schwinns, Huffys, mountain bikes, dirt bikes and even toddlers' training wheels. In at least three incidents a heavy-set man with a pony tail has been reported near the scene of the crime, police said.

Sgt. Gary Gardner, a police spokesman, said most of the bikes stolen range from $100 to $300, but some have been more expensive.

"Judging by the frequency of the thefts, one may be led to believe that the bikes are being stolen by the same group and they're reselling them somewhere," Sgt. Gardner said.

Streets in Ellicott City that have been hit by thieves include: Eagles Mere Court, Ashbrook Drive, Raleigh Tavern Lane, Green Shade Court, Gudel Drive, Story Book Court, Thornbrook Road, Still Leaf Lane, Pine Ridge Drive, Lombardi Drive, Dahlgren Court, Culverene Road, Hearthstone Road, Blanford Way, Cluster Pines Court, McKenzie Road, Glastonbury Road and Little Brick House Court.

Residents are urged to close and lock their garages, lock their bikes at all times, engrave their driver's license number on the bike frame and record the bike's serial number.

Police said residents should always report suspicious people in the area to police. Anyone with information on the bike thefts should call Howard County police at 313-2266.

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