Man Steals Citi Bike, Paints It Purple, Gets Arrested

Over a month of illicit use

One man painted his Citi Bike purple to get six weeks of use out of it.
Christian Damgaard painted his Citi Bike purple to get six weeks of use out of it.

And we all thought stealing and painting Citi Bikes ended in July.

DNAinfo reports a man who took a Citi Bike and savvily tried to cover up the crime by painting it purple has been arrested.

Christian Damgaard, 41, was apprehended by the NYPD on Saturday night on West 25th Street, as he was unlocking the purloined purple cycle.

Police knew that the vehicle was a Citi Bike because the serial number was still visible.

Mr. Damgaard took the bike from the station at East 40th Street and Fifth Avenue on Sept. 2, and had simply never returned it.

Mr. Damgaard was charged with possession of stolen property. He will be in court on Dec. 2 to plead his case. Man Steals Citi Bike, Paints It Purple, Gets Arrested