SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a suspected burglar spotted carrying a 59-inch TV between his lap and the handlebars of his bicycle.
Investigators said Steven Long, 23, was seen carrying the television set on his bike at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday in South Daytona and he fled when he spotted the officers, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Long, who police said eventually abandoned the bike and the TV to flee on foot, was caught in a back yard and placed under arrest.
Residents of a nearby home identified the television as having been stolen along with other items by someone who pried open the side door to their garage.
Police said the property was returned to the residents, but the TV, worth more than $2,000, was damaged beyond repair.
Long told officers the TV had been given to him by a friend to settle a debt but investigators said the story did not check out and he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and felony theft.