Mar 26, 2013 11:53 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Bicycle bandit targets Eastside businesses

TUCSON - An Eastside shopping plaza has been hit hard by a brazen burglar on a bicycle.

Five businesses have been hit in two weeks, It's happening at Speedway and Kolb.

The thief is getting away with electronics, cell phones and more. And it's all caught on surveillance video.

The bicycle bandit uses what looks like a BB-gun to smash the glass and break-in.

"And you'll see him pull out a little BB-gun, see the gun? And there goes the glass," describes Travis Harvey.

Harvey manages Smoke 4 Less, his store hasn't been hit but his neighbor's have repeatedly.

That's why they invested in surveillance cameras.

"See he parks his bike right there on the side," says Harvey pointing to a computer screen showing the surveillance pictures.

Maui Beach Tanning was hit Tuesday between the hours of three and four in the morning.

Cricket Communications was burglarized at the same time last week.

But instead of high ticket items Harvey says, "He broke in, came through the door, stole what looked like a 16 inch TV and a DVD player, that was it."

"At the Cricket store he got three cheap phones and a security TV and that was it," says Harvey.

The burglar attempted to break-in to an optometrist and dentist office, but sturdy glass doors prevented it.

He found success at Success Martial Arts, if you can even call it that.

"I mean if he's going to steal a fake sword, not a very intelligent guy," says Harvey, "he's definitely not the brightest crayon in the box this guy."

The video is now in the hands of police.

Harvey hopes someone recognizes the bicycle bandit and turns him in.

"If he's watching, I want him to know that we got you, we know what you look like," says Harvey.

The suspect is described a white man in his late 20s to early 30s with glasses and a goatee.

About 5 feet 8 inches tall, around 170 pounds.

His get-away bicycle is a black beach cruiser.

If you have any information that can help police call 911 or 88-crime.


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