PD: Theft suspect escapes on hoverboard

Posted at 11:22 PM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 10:58:43-05

CINCINNATI -- Theft downtown is an unremarkable occurrence, but police said one thief made an unusual exit from the scene of his crime Thursday: After stealing something from a parked car, he scooted off on a hoverboard.

The theft took place in the Central Business District, police said. Witnesses spotted the suspect pulling on the doors of cars in a Ninth Street parking lot until he found at least one that was unlocked; after stealing something from that vehicle, he rode away.

Ryan Cooper, who works at a bar across the street from the theft, said he wasn’t surprised to hear about it.

"I won’t even park my car in these lots anymore," he said. "I’ve seen on numerous occasions a couple of our customers would go to the lots and their windows would be smashed out."

Neither was Jay Murray, who lives nearby -- although the suspect’s choice of getaway vehicle did prompt a raised eyebrow.

"I don’t know why he didn’t get caught," he said. "They only go that many miles per hour."

According to Cincinnati police, thefts from cars in the Central Business District are down from Feb. 2016, and were down overall in 2016 from 2015. Investigators say more people are doing what they should, but this serves as a reminder to keep valuables out of sight and always lock your doors.

Security cameras captured images of the suspect exiting a Queen City Metro bus near the scene of the crime, police said.

Police requested that anyone with information about the theft call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.