Program Suspended After More Than 40 Bicycles Stolen From Druid Hill Park
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police need the public’s help tracking down a group of criminals. Dozens of bikes were stolen from Druid Hill Park. The bikes were all donated and part of the city’s popular “Ride Around the Reservoir” program.
Rick Ritter has more on the brazen robberies.
More than 3,000 people use the bikes each year. A group of rowdy, rambunctious teens showed up Monday night and snatched the bikes. Now police are calling on the public to help.
Bike after bike after bike–gone. A program used to serve thousands of people in Baltimore takes a devastating blow.
“I think it’s a sad commentary on where things are today,” said Ted Bauer.
More than 40 bicycles valued at over $4,000 were all stolen on Memorial Day.
“It’s a shame that people have to resort, I’ll use that word, to stealing something,” said Ebby Reinsel.
Officials say the bikes were in the Druid Hill Park Monday night. That’s when staff saw a group of teens come up, snatch the bikes and take off.
“Of course, staff stepped back. You didn’t want to put them in harm’s way. Notified the police,” said Gwendolyn Chambers, Baltimore City Rec and Parks.
The “Ride Around the Reservoir” program started back in 2006. Staff leave out the bikes a few days a week. All you need is your I.D. to ride one around the park.
“We’ve never had anything like this happen,” said Chambers.
Michael and Ebby Reinsel often bike around the area. The two say an incident like this can’t get any lower.
“It’s a real shame because we need more people biking and getting out,” Michael said.
Now Rec and Parks are turning to social media. Most of the bikes are blue beach cruisers. Each one is numbered. They are asking the public to keep a close eye out.
“We’re not at the ocean. You don’t see too many beach cruisers around here anyways,” Michael said.
And if you’re one of the thieves–return the bikes–no questions asked.
“Unfortunately, I have my doubts that you’ll ever see any of them again,” said Bauer.
If you see any of the bikes or know anything about the incident, you’re asked to call police immediately.
In light of the robbery, the “Ride Around the Reservoir” program is now suspended indefinitely. Anyone who is interested in helping the program, click here.
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