Multiple thefts from Lincoln bike path reported

Multiple thefts from Lincoln bike path reported

LINCOLN – A man who has allegedly stolen credit cards from three separate cars parked at the Blackstone River Bikeway is being sought by police, an officer said Friday.

Officer Thomas O'Brien said the department is looking for a white man with a shaved head and glasses. He drives a white 1998 Toyota Corolla that is "kind of beat up," O'Brien said, but the license plate is yet unknown.

Thefts were reported at the Front Street entrance to the bike path on March 29 and April 13, and at the John Street entrance to the bike path on March 31. Two of the three reports indicate that windows were smashed, O'Brien said.

"What I think he does," O'Brien explained, is watch to see when bike path visitors – mostly women – leave their cars unattended. He then breaks into the car and steals purses and credit cards, O'Brien said.

He then "goes right away" to charge purchases to the cards before they can be canceled, O'Brien said, adding that the suspect has used the stolen cards to purchase food, car parts and gas.

O'Brien said that while the department has dealt with larcenies at the bike path before, they usually originate from unlocked cars. This is the first case of smashing windows, he said.

The public's help is sought to identify the man or the car's license plate. Those with information should call LPD at 401-333-1111, ext. 8485.