Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 31, 2006

Robbery - Bike, Shoes Stolen

Robbery - Bike, Shoes Stolen

Boise, July 31 - Boise Police are searching for a black mid-size pick up, that appears to be the suspect vehicle used in a robbery early this morning.

Officers were called to a Southeast Boise neighborhood about 2:41 a.m.. A man had called from a convenience store reporting that he had just been robbed by four men in a black Toyota Tacoma pick up just five minutes earlier. A thorough search of the area by police did not turn up the suspect vehicle.

The man tells officers he was riding his bike on the 2100 block of W. Boise Ave. when the pick up turned and cut him off. He says one man jumped out of the pick up, pointed a handgun at him and ordered him to hand over his bike and his shoes. He did and the men drove away with his bike in the back of the truck. The victim ran to the nearby convenience store and called police.

The victim says the suspect vehicle is a black Toyota Tacoma truck, likely a 2000 or 2001 model, and very plain, basic looking. Inside the pick up, the victim says were four white men, all in their 20's, two with long side burns. Only the man with the handgun got out of the truck or spoke to the victim. The crime appears to be an isolated incident. Officers who patrol the area do not report any recent similar crimes.

Officers would also like to find the victim's bicycle, which is fairly unique. It's described as a black beach cruiser-type bike with a 26" rim, a black banana seat, a "sissy bar" on the back and a boom box attached to the handle bars with bungee cords.

Anyone with any information on the crime or the missing bicycle is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.