A reporter tells his own story of becoming a bicycle thief

Dillon Andres Blanchard was pedalling down a Toronto street, minding his own business, when a hitchhiker just happened to steal his bike. “I saw a guy at the stoplight in front of me, I…

A reporter tells his own story of becoming a bicycle thief

Dillon Andres Blanchard was pedalling down a Toronto street, minding his own business, when a hitchhiker just happened to steal his bike.

“I saw a guy at the stoplight in front of me, I saw him pull into my bicycle lane,” Blanchard recalled. “I caught his eye and started following him, pulled up behind him, but he quickly zipped past me and rode away down the street, that’s when I realised it was gone.”

Blanchard said the thief had taken off his tongue and had it between his teeth. The mugger could not have known where he was at the time, so, concerned about the safety of others, Blanchard waited for the thief to leave before deciding to come forward and police were promptly informed.

Although Blanchard lost his bike, he was very grateful to the police for getting it back.

“It’s safe to say I never would have a bike again,” Blanchard said. “I wouldn’t have been able to afford to fix it and be around it as often as I did. And I was nervous about having to get rid of it, not just riding it but carrying it with me.”

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