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Police Catch a Suspected Bicycle Thief with Expensive Taste

Elpidio Vargas, 47, was detained and then booked following a stakeout Monday.

Long Beach police arrested a man they believe is responsible for four recent bike thefts. Patch file photo.
Long Beach police arrested a man they believe is responsible for four recent bike thefts. Patch file photo.

A suspected bicycle thief was arrested after police staked out a location in Long Beach where four bicycles had recently been stolen and took video of him, authorities said today.

Each bicycle, some worth as much as $1,000, was taken from racks at 54th Place and Ocean Boulevard, police said.

Although the  bicycles had been secured with locks, the suspect was able to cut through the locks.

Elpidio Vargas, 47, was detained and then booked following a stakeout Monday when observers saw him dragging a bicycle away with a cable lock still attached that had clearly been cut, police said.

Police discovered cable cutters in his backpack. Vargas' storage unit was searched and two very expensive bicycles were recovered, police said.

--City News Service


Rodger Higgins July 09, 2014 at 03:46 AM
Then they wonder why we don't want some immigrants here.
hf2hvit July 09, 2014 at 09:49 AM
And you KNOW that, how??? If it wasn't for immigration, YOU wouldn't be here.
The Beast ! July 09, 2014 at 11:20 AM
HF2HVIT, He's talking about most crimes being committed by a certain race, and I have to agree with him. Immigration has a negative impact on our judicial system, medical care system, social services system, taxes (or lack of taxes paid) education system, gang banging, etc....... and the list goes on. In other words if you come to my country be respectful, productive, non criminal and respectful of my flag 1st.
The Beast ! July 09, 2014 at 04:07 AM
Thank you LBPD ! I have had 3 bicycles stolen in 2 years !
The Hunter July 09, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Well, Bellflower does have a high crime rate, so I'm not surprised.

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