Man who stole rare bike remains on lam 

San Francisco police have no leads, but are still aggressively searching for a man who was caught on video surveillance stealing a rare and valuable bike made for children with special needs.

About 4:30 a.m. May 16, a man with a shaved head was seen on video entering a locked parking lot at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of North Point Street in North Beach. He then went to the back of the lot where the bicycle was and rode it out of the garage, Officer Albie Esparza said.

"In the video, it looks like he might have had a key, but it’s hard to tell," Esparza said. "He definitely gained access through the door really quickly."

The bike, valued at $1,800, is one of a kind, Esparza said, adding that there are only three in San Francisco and 450 in the United States. The bike belongs to a 9-year-old San Francisco girl who rides it weekly with her family, police said.

It’s a tandem bike manufactured by BuddyBike. It’s designed so that the rear rider controls the steering and there is a smaller front seat where the child sits, making it beneficial for children with special needs.

"When we looked at the video, it appeared the suspect knew exactly where to go," Esparza said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444 or use Text-a-Tip, TIP411.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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