OAKLAND -- A man suspected of trying to steal a bicycle from a North Oakland bike shop Wednesday morning was arrested after being chased down by a store employee and a homicide investigator who was driving by, police said.
Police said the man apparently had cased the Tip Top Bike Shop at 4800 Telegraph Ave. earlier Wednesday before returning about 11:40 a.m., picking up an $730 bicycle and carrying it out of the store. In pulling the bike from its post in the store, the chain came off and the front wheel was damaged. That may have been the reason the man did not ride the bike from the store, said shop owner Richard Oelerich.
Seeing the man running down the street with the bike, a nearby bar employee who was outside shoulder-checked the man while he was running away. Then a bike store employee chased the man and he dropped the bike and his backpack.
The man then ran onto 49th Street where homicide investigator Officer Nick Calonge was driving by. He saw the man being chased by the employee who was yelling for him to stop.
Not knowing at the time what the man was wanted for, Calonge got out of his car and arrested the winded man at gunpoint. No one was injured. The man's name, age and city of residence were not immediately released.