“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ― Frédéric Bastiat
“B A B Y L E T T H E G O O D T I M E S R O L L”
This is the third and final installment in a three-part series regarding cunning, deception, gall and illegal activity. This appears to be an experienced mobile bike chop shop.
The alleged thefts involve my neighbor and his friends and associates who decided the past weekend to use a nearby tree in a schoolyard as a place to hide stolen cycles The way they placed the bikes in the trees is truly ingenious.
Some of the players in this melodrama are brazen while others seek shelter behind available tress and shrubbery.
Today’s installment: Back to Normal.
It is now becoming quite apparent to me that not only Tarzan and the Keebler cookie elves use trees as their sanctuaries and places of business but also the members of a savvy bicycle chop shop .
Early last Sunday morning a number of bicycles were hoisted up into the fragile branches of a tree and left there until experienced members of a “grab and run” bicycle theft operation could make the time to visit the site and conduct their business activities.
They completed the task in over two hours and then left the area leaving one bicycle frame to remain suspended above the ground in a nearby tree branch.
In this photo the tenant in my building is chaining his “modified” cycle to the tree used to house the other cycle chassis.
He seemed to be oblivious to the fact that there was a bike frame hanging near his head at all.
A few hours later the remaining cycle husk was somehow magically whisked away from the tree and the area cleaned up thoroughly.
I reported the incident to the resident manager this afternoon and included two photos for her to file for the police.
I don’t know what this coming week-end holds for that poor tree but can only hope this was a one time incident.
It seems that the most brazen thieves are able to accomplish a lot more when the viewing public is either unaware or unconcerned about their activities.
I will let the building managers handle the legal aspect of this situation.
Hiding things in plain sight seems to work for the more sinister in our society. — gc