The MBTA reports Transit Police arrested two alleged bike thieves in two separate incidents last week - one involving a guy who took his time looking for the best bike to separate from its lock.
Lawrence A. Bruno, 51, who gave his address as the Pine Street Inn, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. on June 4 by a couple of plainclothes cops who watched as he entered the bike cage:
Bruno proceeded to walk up and down the rack looking at all the bikes. After several passes, Bruno bent down next to a blue men's Mongoose bike. Bruno then opened his bag and took out yellow bolt cutters and cut the like that was on the bike.
Around 2:10 p.m. on May 31, two uniformed officers arrested Daishawn Beaumont, 19, of Mattapan, after they spotted him "leaning over touching a bicycle that was connected to two children's bicyles with a cable-style lock," which they did not believe were his since he was alone. He spotted them and began to leave, at which point they decided to have a chat. One officer noticed him "holding his front left pocket from the outside." Fearing a weapon, the officers frisked him and, instead of a weapon, found two bicycle tire skewers, which are used to connect bicycle wheels to a bike frame. The bicycle Beaumont was huddling over, police say, was missing a skewer that matched one of the ones in his pocket.
Meanwhile, Transit Police and several local police departments will host an info program tomorrow between 4 and 6:30 p.m. at the station to offer tips on theft prevention - and safe bike use.