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Police: Man took pink bike after release

May 17, 2011 at 4:30 AM   |   Comments

GLENDALE, Calif., May 17 (UPI) -- Police in California said they arrested a man seen riding a stolen pink bicycle mere hours after his release from jail.

Glendale police said Michael Toplin, 31, was spotted at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after his release on parole on a receiving stolen property charge, riding a 10-year-old girl's pink bicycle that had been reported stolen 10 minutes earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Officers said Toplin was still wearing a black jumpsuit given to jail inmates who do not have their own clothing.

Police said Toplin, who allegedly told the officers he received the bike from a friend, was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and petty theft with a prior conviction.

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