Thief takes cops' bikes, puts them on bus

Philadelphia police car

A brazen bandit who had the chutzpah to steal two police bicycles in Center City Saturday night did not have the stamina to ride them away from the scene and instead, tried to board a SEPTA bus with the cycles in tow, according to police.

Around 8:15 p.m., two bicycle cops secured their bikes to a pole at 17th and Moravia streets while conducting a security check, police said.

Somehow, the bandit was able to cut through the bike locks while the officers were away and, around 8:30 p.m., he put both bicycles on the front of a Route 16 SEPTA bus at Broad Street and South Penn Square and then tried to board the bus.

When the bus driver asked the man about the police-issued bicycles attached to the front of his vehicle, the thief took them off the bus and ran to the City Hall subway entrance, police said.

SEPTA police found the bicycles on the street and recovered the saddle bags from the bikes at the stairwell entrance, according to police.

The suspect remains on the run. He's described as a black man, between 45 and 47, with a thin build, a black Kangol hat, a black coat and white shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call the department's tip line at 215-686-8477.