NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The owner of a French Quarter bicycle shop describes a man who was able to steal a high-end bicycle as brazen. The theft happened Wednesday afternoon at the Ride This Bike shop located at 231 Dauphine Street.
Police say the suspect walked into bicycle shop, asking to test ride a bicycle worth $1800. Store owner Larry Lagarde says it's not his policy to allow people to test ride their bikes, but in this case, the suspect had already been in the store a couple of times. He left a credit card as collateral and took the bike out of the store.
When he didn't return, Lagarde says they tried to charge the credit card, but were unsuccessful. The store tried charging different amounts, but the credit card company denied even a $1 charge.
New Orleans Police detectives began investigating, but it didn't take long to name a suspect. He's been identified as 26-year-old Shane Michael Spencer. The owner of the bicycle shop says Spencer used his own credit card, so police already had a name to investigate. Surveillance video in the store helped police compile a photo lineup, and the cashier was able to identify Spencer was the suspect.
Lagarde says the bike is a very unusual, custom-made bike made in England. The bike folds down to size that is so small, you an put it in an overhead bin in an airplane. But he says it unfolds to the size of a regular bike.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to an arrest.