TV on bike handlebars leads to felony charges for Utica man

Sep 18, 2013 Full story: WKTV 76

A 24-year-old Utica man was arrested Tuesday after police spotted him riding a bike with a flat-screen TV propped on the handlebars, Utica police say.

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#1 Sep 18, 2013
You can not make this stuff up.
Rider017

New York, NY

#2 Sep 18, 2013
LED or plasma ?
Big Pockets

Utica, NY

#3 Sep 18, 2013
"According to police, around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, an officer on patrol noticed a man on a bicycle riding down Oneida Street with a flat-screen television propped on the handlebars. The officer stopped to speak with the man and learned he was also in possession of several sets of commemorative coins, as well as other items.

The man was transported to the police station to speak with investigators. During that time, a resident on Ferris Avenue called police to report a home burglary. In addition to the coins and television, the man was also found to be in possession of remote controls, power cords, a DVD player, a TV wall mount, headphones, jewelry, wrench and a watch. All of these items were found to be missing from the Ferris Avenue home, officials say."

If he was riding a bicycle with the TV on the handles, I'd sure like to know where he had all of the rest of the stuff.
yikes

Danielson, CT

#4 Sep 18, 2013
Bigass backpack.

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#5 Sep 18, 2013
If he could carry all that on a bicycle, he sounds resourceful enough to find a keep a job. Wouldn't that be easier than peddling a couple hundred pounds of crap around on a bike?
Brave New World

Utica, NY

#6 Sep 18, 2013
Might have set a burglary record here.

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#7 Sep 18, 2013
Here's my problem with the story. It's not illegal to ride down or walk down the street with a tv. So when the officer stopped this person he was conducting an illegal stop. Personally, if that was me I would of refused to speak to the police and been on my way. Even if I was then arrested I could of beat it in court with the illegal stop and detain. Remember people, we have rights in this country and as odd is sounds having a tv on your handlebars is NOT illegal last I checked.
InmatesRunning the Asylum

Utica, NY

#8 Sep 18, 2013
Titanium22 wrote:
Here's my problem with the story. It's not illegal to ride down or walk down the street with a tv. So when the officer stopped this person he was conducting an illegal stop. Personally, if that was me I would of refused to speak to the police and been on my way. Even if I was then arrested I could of beat it in court with the illegal stop and detain. Remember people, we have rights in this country and as odd is sounds having a tv on your handlebars is NOT illegal last I checked.
It's this kind of mentality that has turned our country upside down and rendered it almost uninhabitable. If something is suspicious, law enforcement certainly have an obligation to check it out. I say GOOD JOB UPD!!!!

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#9 Sep 18, 2013
InmatesRunning the Asylum wrote:
<quoted text> It's this kind of mentality that has turned our country upside down and rendered it almost uninhabitable. If something is suspicious, law enforcement certainly have an obligation to check it out. I say GOOD JOB UPD!!!!
It's our right by law to remain silent. By the sounds of it he sung like a canary. You missed the point completely. While I'm glad that this thief is off the street I'm not happy how it was handled. So what if a person is lugging a tv down the street in the middle of the day in broad daylight? It's NOT against the law. The cop could of asked questions and maybe got a name. But that's it. You can't detain a person without good cause.
Check out our constitutional rights. They are there for a reason. It's people like you who scare me. One's that think it's okay to stomp all over our rights and arrest and detain people for ANY reason. I'd hate to hear what you think about gun rights. Prob take all them away too?
the police

Utica, NY

#10 Sep 18, 2013
Titanium22 wrote:
Here's my problem with the story. It's not illegal to ride down or walk down the street with a tv. So when the officer stopped this person he was conducting an illegal stop. Personally, if that was me I would of refused to speak to the police and been on my way. Even if I was then arrested I could of beat it in court with the illegal stop and detain. Remember people, we have rights in this country and as odd is sounds having a tv on your handlebars is NOT illegal last I checked.
ABSOLUTELY have the right to stop ANY suspicious character, and it iis not an ILLEGAL stop...get your head out of your a$$!
goofy

Utica, NY

#11 Sep 18, 2013
Big Pockets wrote:
"According to police, around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, an officer on patrol noticed a man on a bicycle riding down Oneida Street with a flat-screen television propped on the handlebars. The officer stopped to speak with the man and learned he was also in possession of several sets of commemorative coins, as well as other items.
The man was transported to the police station to speak with investigators. During that time, a resident on Ferris Avenue called police to report a home burglary. In addition to the coins and television, the man was also found to be in possession of remote controls, power cords, a DVD player, a TV wall mount, headphones, jewelry, wrench and a watch. All of these items were found to be missing from the Ferris Avenue home, officials say."
If he was riding a bicycle with the TV on the handles, I'd sure like to know where he had all of the rest of the stuff.
in his BIG pockets or HOODIE?

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#12 Sep 18, 2013
the police wrote:
<quoted text>ABSOLUTELY have the right to stop ANY suspicious character, and it iis not an ILLEGAL stop...get your head out of your a$$!
STILL missing the point!!!! Let's say he's stopped and questioned. Then he says " I don't want to answer any questions. I will remain silent"
Then what??? Is he taken into custody for carrying a tv down the street? What charges is he wrote up on? What crime did he commit??
Unbelievable

Utica, NY

#13 Sep 18, 2013
Titanium22 is absolutely CORRECT.

You people claiming riding a bicycle with a TV is suspicious behavior ... should you be stopped and questioned by a cop for pretending you have something in your pocket?.... upon seeing him, turning around and walking away?... running for no reason other than running?.... having things in your back seat covered up with a blanket?

There are a lot of things you can do that are perfectly legal but you think a cop can think its suspicious? You're all retards. Unbelievable
Unbelievable

Utica, NY

#14 Sep 18, 2013
And when a cop stops you, all you have to answer is your name and where you live. They have no right to ask anything else and you have no obligation to answer anything else.

"While you must be polite and must stop temporarily if stopped by a police officer, you do not have to answer any questions other than your name and other information that will assist the officer in identifying you. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects you from self-incrimination. By way of example, this means that you do not have to admit to a police officer that you just committed a motor vehicle violation. If you were stopped on a street, you do not have to talk to the police about a crime in the neighborhood.

The police officer that stopped you may try to persuade you. On rare occasions, he or she may even go so far as to tell a white lie in order to induce you to admit to committing a crime or traffic offense. For example, the office may tell you that he or she (or a witness) observed you involved in the crime or that they saw you commit the moving violation. Stick to your guns and do not admit to the offense."

http://www.njlaborlaw.com/Dealing_with_Law_En...

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#15 Sep 18, 2013
Thank you for the reply. People out there are letting their constitutional rights get trampled on all the time. While I'm glad this dirtbag is in jail I question the manner in which he was arrested. Although, like any other stupid criminal, I'm sure he willingly gave the police all the details they needed to convict him.
Once again, thanks for the reply.
Tom

Wallingford, CT

#16 Sep 19, 2013
Titanium22 wrote:
Thank you for the reply. People out there are letting their constitutional rights get trampled on all the time. While I'm glad this dirtbag is in jail I question the manner in which he was arrested. Although, like any other stupid criminal, I'm sure he willingly gave the police all the details they needed to convict him.
Once again, thanks for the reply.
You make these statements unil your house gets buglarized then you are the first to yell and scream the cops are worthless. How often do you see someone riding a bike and carrying a tv. I would certainly say I would hope a cop would at least say hey what's going on here. Hopefully the homeowners are happy this cop was doing his job as opposed to hanging out at Dunkin or nice n eady.

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#17 Sep 19, 2013
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>
You make these statements unil your house gets buglarized then you are the first to yell and scream the cops are worthless. How often do you see someone riding a bike and carrying a tv. I would certainly say I would hope a cop would at least say hey what's going on here. Hopefully the homeowners are happy this cop was doing his job as opposed to hanging out at Dunkin or nice n eady.
Another one that reads want he wants to read. At what point did I say cops are worthless? In fact, I mentioned twice that I'm happy this person in in jail.
I guess this topic is a bit much for the average person to understand.
Wondering

Woburn, MA

#18 Sep 19, 2013
So what was his name? DeQuan, Tyreese or Ja'shon?

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#19 Sep 19, 2013
Titanium is right -- the fact that the perp eventually turned out to be guilty does not give the officer reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed. A reasonable person could just as easily presumed the perp was moving furniture on his bike.
Tom

Wallingford, CT

#20 Sep 19, 2013
I am simply saying that I would hope that a police officer would stop and question someone riding a bike with a tv on the handlebars at minimum for the biker's safety not to mention at least I think its a little suspicious. Perhaps this topic is too much for you to understand.

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