Tag: crime

Don’t recover your stolen bike, Bro

Man shot at after recovering stolen bike.

A man was driving home from the Capitola Mall when he saw a man riding what he believed was his older son’s bike on Portola Drive. He turned his vehicle around to chase the bike thief. When he confronted the bike thief, the thief dropped the bike and ran away. The man started riding the bike home but a truck pulled up alongside him, words were exchanged and someone in the truck fired three shots from what the father believed was a small-caliber gun.

More –> Santa Cruz Sentinel: Live Oak father shot at while retrieving son’s stolen bike. Via Bicycle Notes.

Patrick Pogan: Guilty. Sort of.

Update: Analysis of the verdict.

The New York police officer who allegedly body slammed a cyclist during a Critical Mass ride was found guilty of falsifying his report in which he claimed he the cyclist assaulted Pogan, and Pogan merely hit back in self defense.

Strangely, the jury acquitted Pogan of the assault charge, which is exactly what he lied about in his police report.

So, if Pogan didn’t actually assault Christopher Long, why exactly would Pogan lie about it?


Robert Paul Schiro arrested for cyclist hit and run

Do you remember Ashley Jackson? She was the cyclist who was run over in the bike lane and left with serious head injuries on the side of the road. The driver of a silver BMW fled the scene. Ashley has nerve damage that keeps her from riding a bicycle on her own.

The Santa Clara Sheriff got their man two weeks ago and arrested Robert Paul Schiro and charged him with felony hit and run, one year to the month after Schiro’s alleged crime. Schiro was arrested at his property management office in Santa Clara.

Schiro was apparently a suspect fairly early on and his silver BMW impounded, but friends and acquaintances of Schiro failed to implicate him when Sheriff deputies interviewed them.

Schiro’s arraigment was Thursday morning. Jackson is also pursuing civil litigation against Schiro.

6 months for Menlo Park bike thief

James Durr stole a bicycle out of a parking garage in Menlo Park and was caught after posting it for sale on Craigslist. He was sentenced to six months in the county lockup and ordered to pay $700 restitution to the bike’s owner.

H/T to my pal Dan for this news, and props to San Mateo County attorney Steve Wagstaffe for prosecuting this case.

Wouldn’t you know it — after I typed this up I saw this article with more details. He’s suspected of stealing several high end bikes.