Police: Man tries to steal bike after own bike tire is stolen

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Monday afternoon after police say he tried to steal a mountain bike after someone else stole his bike’s tire.

Zaron Brown, 23, of 2550 NE 14th St., was riding a blue tricycle by a house in the 300 block of Northwest Second Avenue at 1:24 p.m. when he saw a mountain bike in a fenced yard, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

As Brown began to leave the yard with the $600 bike, the owner of the bike confronted him. Brown dropped the bike and fled the house, leaving behind his tricycle, the report said.

After police arrested him, Brown said that earlier in the day he was in the computer lab at Santa Fe College preparing for classes in January when he noticed the rear tire missing from his mountain bike, the report said.

Brown told police he was upset and began looking for another bike to ride back to his house. After finding a blue tricycle in a Dumpster, he began riding home when he saw the mountain bike at the victim’s house and entered the open gate to steal it, the report said.

Brown told police he tried to steal the bike because it was too hot to walk back to his parents’ house.

After his arrest, police discovered that Brown had pawned a bike that was stolen during a burglary in January. Brown told officers the bike was given to him by a friend in the 1200 block of West University Avenue, the same area where the burglary was committed.

Brown was arrested on two charges of burglary, two charges of grand theft, one charge of stolen property, one charge of fraud and one charge of probation violation, according to the police report. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Tuesday without bond.

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