Anne Arundel County police kept four teen-agers from adding to Baltimore's problem of unlicensed motorbikes late Thursday when an officer caught them walking dirt bikes and a moped away from a burgled Brooklyn Park cycle dealership.
Police said the youths - ages 16 and 17 - had intended to push the four stolen bikes to a light rail stop and get them into the city on the transit line. Three of them live in Park Heights, the other in West Baltimore, police said.
In Baltimore, police say there are thousands of unlicensed and illegal off-road bikes, and recent incidents - including fatal accidents - prompted a City Council move to outlaw their use.
County police said Detective Kevin Heiser stopped the youths near Hammonds Lane and Lednura Avenue about 10:30 p.m., after noticing them pushing what appeared to be new motorbikes. As a few uniformed officers arrived, the youths dropped the bikes and tried to run. They were arrested, charged as juveniles with burglary and theft, and released to their parents, police said.
The three Yamaha 90 dirt bikes and a Tomos moped had been taken from Cycle World in the 5800 block of Ritchie Highway, where thieves had damaged a fence to get into a rear storage yard and an overhead door to get into the building where bikes were stored, police said.