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SUSPECT: Surveillance video from the Alewife Station bicycle cage.

Less than two months after the MBTA spent nearly $300,000 on two locked "cages" to stop a spate of bicycle thefts at the Alewife T station in Cambridge, transit police are looking for a man who was seen on surveillance video twice stealing bikes from them.
The first incident occurred Oct. 20, when a woman locked her bike in one of the cages about 2:30 p.m. and returned an hour later to find it gone, said Lt. Robert Lenehan. A surveillance video shows a white man with a dark mustache and goatee, wearing a sweatshirt with the word "Arizona" across the chest, leaving with the bike, Lenehan said.
The second incident occurred Monday, when a man left his bike unlocked in one of the cages shortly before 5:30 p.m. after he discovered he couldn't take it on the T during rush hour, Lenehan said.
A surveillance video shows a person retrieving a bike from the cage at 6:17 p.m. and leaving the door open. Seconds later, the same suspect seen in the Oct. 20 video enters the cage, gets on the unlocked bike and pedals out the door, Lenehan said. In Monday's video, the suspect is wearing a "Cambridge Pop Warner" sweatshirt under a dark leather jacket.
Lenehan said people who leave their bikes in the cages should always lock them, preferably with a U-shaped lock, and remember to close the door behind them.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said the T is also considering having people register to obtain the pass that opens the doors to the cages.
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