Suspected bicycle bandit can't out-pedal police car

SEATTLE -- A man suspected of stealing a bicycle -- and who thought returning to the scene of the crime was probably a good idea instead of a risky cliche -- was arrested early Tuesday when it turned out he couldn't out-pedal a police car.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a resident in the 8500 block of Interlake Avenue North reported his bike stolen shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday.

In addition to the missing bike, someone had left bags of bicycle equipment and parts, including at least one stolen bike seat, plus a bottle of Absolut lemon vodka in the victim's unlocked car.

Officers were called back to the house three hours later when the victim spotted the suspect, wearing a maroon helmet and riding a bicycle, back snooping around his property, according to the report.

According to the report, officers in the area spotted the suspect outside a nearby Jack in the Box. And, one officer behind the wheel of his patrol car engaged in a car-on-bike chase through the neighborhood.

In the report, the officer notes the suspect's legs were pumping furiously on the pedals in an attempt to outrun him.

Unfortunately for the suspect, his furious pedaling couldn't save him from a mound of dirt in a vacant lot, which caused him to crash and become tangled in his bike, according to the report.

According to the report, the suspect just had time to yell, "Why are you chasing me?" before the officer caught up and arrested him.

In addition to what turned out to be the victim's stolen bicycle, the suspect also had the victim's bicycle gloves, as well as a driver's license, credit card and automobile insurance card stolen in a recent car prowl and burglary, according to the report.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and possession of stolen property, plus an outstanding warrant for theft.