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Video: Thief tries to steal bike from outside police station - and gets arrested

A late entry for the 2018 Stupidest Bike Thief Award

A man who tried to steal a bike from outside a police station in Oregon was Tarrested after officers spotted the attempted theft on CCTV.

The attempted theft took place on the evening of 27 December with the video posted to Facebook by the Gladstone Police Department.

The footage has gone viral with more than 170,000 views and has received national news coverage.

The man, named as Adam Valle, was using bolt-croppers to try and break the bike's lock when an officer identified as Sargeant Okerman came out of the police station pointed a Taser at him to detain him. 

Other officers subsequently arrived to help arrest the man, who had been wearing a hat and a hoodie to try and conceal his identity.

We've covered stories of inept would-be bike thieves regularly over the years, but we reckon this one could be a late contender for the A late entry for the 2018 Stupidest Bike Thief Award.

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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