Friday, September 21, 2018
Public safety

Police: Bicyclist steals Tarpon Springs city truck with keys still in ignition(w/video)

A Tarpon Springs city pickup truck was stolen by a bicyclist while it sat unattended with the keys in the ignition in a Lowe's parking lot, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Officers responded to the Lowes at 41800 U.S. 19 N around 6:52 a.m.

The pickup truck, a white 2007 Ford F-150 from the city's maintenance department, was left unattended — but not running — with the keys in the ignition in the loading area while a city worker was picking up materials, the police said.

Police say a man on a bicycle was seen on surveillance video approaching the truck. He then dropped the bike, entered the vehicle and fled the scene, heading north out of the parking lot.

Lowes is in the process of obtaining the surveillance video, police said. Once available, it will be released to try to help identify the suspect.

The truck has the yellow city tag XA4923 with city of Tarpon Springs seals on the driver side and passenger side doors.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tarpon Springs Police Department at (727)-938-2849.

Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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