COVINGTON -- It was a short-lived crime spree that occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday when five bicycles were stolen by five young men from in front of Stevi B's restaurant in Newton Plaza.
A Covington Police officer was quick to spot the thieves as they made their getaway up Pace Street, pedaling in a line like ducks on a pond as far as the Charter Communications office before they were intercepted.
"While en route to the scene, I changed my direction of travel from Elm Street to Pace Street, thinking the offenders may go south on Pace Street from Newton Plaza," the incident report states. "When I made the turn onto Pace Street from Usher Street, I saw all five of the black males headed in my direction. When I turned onto Pace Street the offenders were one behind the other at Charter Communications on the sidewalk. As they traveled south and me north, I decided to pass the offenders as if nothing was wrong. As soon as I passed, I saw (looking in my side view mirror), all five turn and look at me. As they turned and looked away, I did a U-turn and pulled in front of the offenders as they jumped from their bikes as if to run. I used my siren and then voice commands and all five did as I asked and came to my vehicle."
The report goes on to say they were all talking at the same time so the officer said it was impossible to tell who was saying what, but one of them spontaneously uttered, "I ain't stole no bike."
They told the officer that "those guys gave them to us," apparently referring to the rightful owners, who were also juveniles.
It was determined that the young men who owned the bikes did not give them to the five offenders and they were taken into custody and taken to Covington Police Department headquarters. Later, they were released to their parents.
The bicycles were returned to the owners undamaged.