Cyclists, Crack, and Taxi Cabs
A cyclist flagged down a police officer at—are you ready—3rd and Pike (!!!) last week and said he'd been robbed by a drug dealer who then fled in a taxi cab. According to the report, the suspect approached the cyclist at about 2:00 a.m. as he rode through downtown and "asked him to buy some crack." The victim said no, but the dealer continued to follow him, a report says. The suspect then grabbed the cyclist, pushed him off his bike, and stole $150 out of his pocket. The suspect then hopped in a taxi and headed south on 3rd Avenue. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the cab or the suspect.
The owner of the Gyro Hut restaurant near Northgate called police last week and reported that he has repeatedly been targeted by sign thieves. The report doesn't say when the signs were stolen, but the man told police thieves made off with three sandwich board signs, worth $75, some of which had been chained up to posts. In other news, Gyro Hut is delicious. If you're in Northgate, check 'em out if you can find 'em. (I hear they don't have any signs).