Bike jacking reported

Suspect grabbed bike, dumped rider on ground

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

Police are looking for an Essex man accused of stealing a bicycle literally out from under a teenager as the youth pedaled through the parking lot at Toys ‘R’ Us in Williston.

Williston Police Officer Debbie Davis said the suspect apparently veered his vehicle toward three boys, ages 8, 13 and 16, who were riding bicycles near Toys ‘R’ Us late Saturday morning. She said the suspect nearly hit one of the youths.

Davis said the suspect got out of his vehicle and approached the boys. He then grabbed the front of the bicycle being ridden by the 13-year-old and lifted it up into the air, sending the boy sprawling off the back of the bike. The suspect then loaded the bicycle in his pickup truck and left the scene, according to the police report.

Davis said the man told the boys that the bicycle was his. However, Davis said she contacted the retailer where the bike was purchased and confirmed that the 13-year-old had bought it.

Williston Police Chief Ozzie Glidden said the boys apparently knew the suspect. He said the case, which would be classified as a larceny from a person if the allegation proves true, remains under investigation. Davis said the Essex Police Department is looking for the suspect.