Chicken and 2 Gorillas Commit Bicycle Theft
This crime story sounds amusing on first glance, and then, not so much. In Rocky Point, New York, the question for police is not as much "who let the dogs out?" as "who let the gorillas out?" Three suspects, two gorillas and a chicken, are the subject of a man --make that animal -- hunt after a bicycle theft on October 11.
According to Suffolk County police, the three animals approached a young teen who was riding his bike on along Route 25A just after one in the afternoon, reports the Associated Press. One of the brave, upstanding gorillas punched the 15 year-old bicyclist in the head, knocking him off the object of the monkey's desire. Despite the fact a gorilla did all the work, the chicken took over, hopped on the bike and rode away.
The gorillas escaped on foot.
The teenager was taken to the hospital for minor inures and has already been released. The police are still looking for the big apes and their accomplice, the chicken. If found, the three animals will likely face assault and robbery charges for the nasty bicycle theft.
The New York Penal Code lists the act of intending and causing injury to another as assault in the third degree, which is a misdemeanor. However, robbery in the second degree is a felony. Robbery, under New York law, is considered in the second degree when among other things, the person (or ape) committing the crime causes injury to another during the commission of the crime. Cool outfits notwithstanding.
As noted, the search continues for the primates and the foul fowl. Perhaps the local costume rental or party store can supply a little helpful information.
- Police: Bike bandits wore gorilla suits, chicken costume while victimizing teen in NY hamlet(Star-Tribune)
- New York Criminal Laws (FindLaw)
- Robbery (FindLaw)
- Classifications of Crimes (provided by Barnett & Falls)
- Penalties for Theft (provided by DeCurtins Law Office)
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