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Video: Seattle police hunt man suspected of cutting brake cables on dockless share bikes

Suspect was caught on CCTV apparently snipping brake cables on Ofo bikes in city in Washington State

Police in Seattle are appealing for help to track down a man suspected of sabotaging dockless hire bikes in the city by cutting the brake cables.

The suspect was caught on surveillance camera at 11.45pm on the evening of 14 June apparently using a tool to cut the brake cables on several bikes parked at 4th Avenue and South Main Street.

Still images from the previous month at 4th Avenue and Holgate that officers believe involve the same suspect cutting the brake cable of a bike were also released by Seattle Police Department.

Other incidents of a similar nature have been happening in the city in Washington State since at least March this year, although police are unable to say if they are linked.

In March, it was reported that the Seattle Department of Transportation was advising cyclists to check brake cables on the bikes before riding them.

A spokesman for Ofo – one of three dockless bike share operators in the city, alongside LimeBike and Spin – said at the time that the company was working to identify any bikes affected and would take them out of circulation pending repairs.

Officers have requested anyone with information to contact them on (206) 386-1855.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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