Would-be thief arrested while trying to steal bike outside police station

The bizarre incident was caught on CCTV

CCTV of a would-be bike thief being arrested outside a police station (Picture: Gladstone Police Department)

A brazen would-be thief found himself out of his depth when he tried to steal a bike that was locked outside a police station.

Police in the US released CCTV footage of the bizarre moment which resulted in the masked man being arrested just metres away from the front door of the station.

The incident happened in the city of Gladstone, Oregon on December 27.

Sergeant Carl Bell of the Gladstone Police Department told ABC News: “I have not actually seen anything that blatant because the officers were inside watching on video camera.

“The camera that you see is actually in our office.”

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Sgt Bell said that when the would-be thief was asked why he would try to steal a bike in front of a police station, he would not answer.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on the spot and later released to appear in court at a later date, charged with theft, criminal mischief and possession of a weapon.

The CCTV footage shows the suspect approaching the bike and crouching down in front of it, apparently carrying bolt cutters to break through the lock.

A police officer then appears from the front door of the station and confronts the suspect, he makes a very brief attempt to make his escape.

The officer pushes him against the wall and orders him to get onto the ground.

After being cuffed on the floor while another officer assists, the man is searched an unmasked before being led away.

Gladstone police posted the video on Facebook after the incident, saying that the officer confronted the suspect, who was wearing a hood and had covered his face, with a taser.

Sgt Bell added: “People stealing bikes isn’t rare; it’s just where he did it at this time kind of caught everyone off guard.

“Kind of made us chuckle you know.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.