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Seattle's Cycling Mayor is a Victim of Bike Theft

By James Norwood on March 07, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Is nothing sacred? Seattle's green mayor, Mike McGinn, had his commuter bike stolen right out from under him.

Granted, Mayor Mike McGinn forgot to lock the bike he borrowed from his wife. He left it in the parking garage at City Hall last Wednesday. When he returned to ride it home, it was gone, reports the Seattle Times.

"I know I've been encouraging people to ride bikes more," Mayor Mike McGinn posted on Twitter, "but I didn't mean u could 'borrow' my wife's bike w/o asking." McGinn said his wife "is pissed."

Mayor Mike McGinn is known throughout Seattle for his love of bikes and for riding his bicycle to campaigning events with the slogan, "Mike's Bikes."

Seattle radio show host Kent Phillips, of KPLZ, has promised the mayor a new bike. "No child or mayor who wants a bike should be without one," Phillips said.

KPLZ requests the mayor turn over the new bike to a kid that needs one if the stolen bike is returned, according to the Seattle P.I.

Depending on the value of the bike, the theft likely amounts to a petty theft. Petty theft is a charge used when one is accused of stealing something of a small amount. Typically, less than a few hundred dollars.

Such a charge is not negated nor enhanced by victimizing a politician.

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