Do you know him? Video shows man sabotaging bike shares in SoDo

Screenshot from security video shows a man apparently sabotaging the brakeline of a bike share bicycle in SoDo. (Photo credit: Seattle Police Dept.)

SEATTLE - A man suspected of sabotaging brake lines on several bike-share bicycles in Seattle's SoDo district has been captured on surveillance video, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

The surveillance video shows the man walking up to several bikes parked at 4th Avenue and South Main Street around 11:45 p.m. on June 14. He can be seen manipulating what appears to be a cutting tool around the bikes’ brakes before walking out of the video frame.

Police also found surveillance photos from a month earlier that appear to show the same man damaging a bike’s brakes near 4th Avenue and Holgate Street at around 11:15 p.m., said Jonah Spangenthal-Lee of the Seattle police.

Similar cases have been reported in other parts of the city since March - including downtown and the International District - but police have not yet confirmed whether there is any linkage between the incidents.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the video or who has any other information about the case is urged to contact South Precinct police detectives at (206) 386-1855.

Officials also are warning bike share users to check the brakes before taking off.

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