Surveillance cameras outside of Valencia Street theater Stage Werx captured a distressing scene this past Friday, wherein a thief cut the lock off a bike with some sort of power tool — making a huge scene in the process — while several people passed by and appeared to neither care nor really even notice.
Perhaps most bizarre are the two individuals who appear to be trying to get into the theater — they don't even bother to turn around even though the theft is happening right behind them. At some point in the video a cyclist pulls up, asking "Is that your bike?" before the man rides off. “Well, it looks like he just stole that bike,” she observes.
And let's just get this obvious point out there: No one is advocating that you try to physically prevent a bike theft in progress, especially if you're pushing a baby in a stroller. However, is it too much to ask that someone take a photo of the criminal to later show to the police?
SFPD Officer Carlos Manfredi spoke with the Chronicle, and pretty much summed up our thoughts after seeing the video. “Oh my goodness, did you see those sparks flying?” observed Manfredi. “It’s still daylight and he didn’t seem to care one bit. It’s very sad."
According to Manfredi, the bike has yet to be recovered.