Alleged Theft at Cop Station Goes as Well as You'd Expect

Would-be bike thief caught within seconds: police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2019 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – The words "Gladstone Police" printed in large letters on a window next to a bicycle rack wasn't enough of a deterrent for an alleged thief, whom Oregon officers accuse of trying to steal a bike right from under their noses. A surveillance video shared Monday on Facebook—viewed more than 360,000 times—shows a man with bolt cutters fidgeting with a bike chained to the rack outside the doors of the Gladstone Police Department on Dec. 27, per NBC News. An officer then emerges and confronts the masked suspect, pushing him against a wall as he looks ready to flee. Per Fox News, Adam Valle, 26, is now facing charges of theft, criminal mischief, and felony possession of weapons, along with headlines questioning his intelligence. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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