Police on lookout for ax-wielding bicycle thief

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Rome Police are searching for an ax-wielding bicycle thief who stole a 14-year-old boy’s ride in broad daylight Monday afternoon on North Madison Street.

Police said the teen was riding his bicycle in the 600 block of N. Madison St. at about 3:30 p.m. Monday when he was approached by an adult white male, also on a bicycle. Police said the thief was carrying an ax and he demanded the teen’s bike.

Police said the thief began swinging the ax and threatened the teen that he would “cut his head off” if he did not turn over the bike. The teen complied and the thief rode off with this stolen loot.

The robber is described as a white male with a gray and black beard, police stated. He was wearing a dark, long sleeve shirt, a black hat and blue jeans. He was last seen peddling southbound in the 600 block, holding the victim’s bicycle upright at his side as he guided it along.

The stolen bicycle is a white, black and red mountain bike with red pedals and lights on the front and rear.

Police are asking that anyone with security camera footage in the area between the hours of 2 and 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 to contact law enforcement. Anyone with information on the thief is also asked to call at 315-339-7744 or Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477.

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