Neil MacKenzie wants to cause some grief for the three kids who stole his bike.
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Neil MacKenzie stands with his loaned replacement bike outside the garage where someone swiped his own bike last week. MacKenzie is using Facebook and surveillance footage to try and find the thieves.
The Giant, Yukon bicycle was stolen from the Maritime Centre parking garage July 16 and the crime was captured by surveillance video cameras.
Because MacKenzie is a Maritime Centre employee, security guards gave him three clips of the crime as it unfolded, which MacKenzie posted on Facebook.
“I thought I’d get faster and better results on Facebook than with police because they do have other priorities,” MacKenzie told Metro Wednesday.
The three video clips show one culprit poking his head around the corner of a stairwell, looking directly into the camera, three boys leaving the parking garage with the bike and a two boys waiting on Hollis Street before the third rides out of the building on the stolen bike.
“Some people have viewed it and think they know who the people are as far as seeing them on the street,” said MacKenzie.
He hasn’t named the suspects publicly, not wanting to alert them – but has relayed all the details to police in hopes that if there’s not enough evidence for a charge, officers could at least have a chat with the youngsters.
“If it causes the guys who took the bike any grief, as much as it caused me to get to work without it, then it’s worth it,” he said.
He said he’ll probably never see the bike again, assuming it’s been sold, trashed or thrown in a ditch. But he wants to the boys to know what effect their theft has had.
“It’s just a bike, but it was my way of being able to make it home on time for my son. That’s the biggest frustrating thing,” he said, explaining that taking the bus adds 20 minutes to his commute and the bike is faster than a car.
Being home earlier to look after his three-year-old son allows his wife to get to work.
In the meantime, MacKenzie said a friend has loaned him a bike until he can replace his own.
Facebook users can see the photos and video clips at https://www.facebook.com/neil.mackenzie.16