Redding Police Seek Help Finding Bandit Bicyclist

On Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 6:10 p.m., the Redding Police Department received a report of a theft from a person in front of Launderland, in a shopping center in the 2900 block of Churn Creek Road. Upon arrival, officers found the crime had occurred about 15-20 minutes earlier. Officers searched for the suspect, but did not locate him.

The victim, Allen Atchison, 61 years of Shasta Lake, told officers he had been sitting on a bench in front of Launderland when a man sat next to him. The man engaged in casual conversation with Atchison for about 10 minutes. Atchison was momentarily distracted and looked away from the man. Atchison felt a tug on his shirt pocket and looked back. Atchison realized the man had stolen cash from his shirt pocket. He saw the man run to a nearby bicycle, get on the bicycle, and flee northbound along Churn Creek Road.

Atchison described the suspect as a white male, 54 years, 6’-0”, thin build, short blond hair, with a small goatee on his chin. He was wearing a short sleeve, black and white checkered shirt and blue jeans. He had tattoos on both arms. The suspect had a tattoo of Rommel on his upper right arm. Atchison described the bicycle as a black mountain bike, with some kind of black carrying bag attached behind the seat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at 225-4214.

-from press release

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