Richmond Reports Surge In Scooter Theft | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Richmond Reports Surge In Scooter Theft

Play associated audio
The fuel-efficient scooter has become a prime target of Richmond's criminal elements.
Sharon Rae
The fuel-efficient scooter has become a prime target of Richmond's criminal elements.

A curious spike in the theft of mopeds and scooters in the Virginia's capital city has some scratching their heads. According to Richmond police, they have recorded 79 thefts of the two-wheeled vehicles so far this year. That may not sound all that significant, but consider this: it's a 147 percent increase over last year.

"We can't say definitively the cause for the increase in scooter and moped thefts in the city of Richmond, but we certainly believe a contributing factor to that is the increase in gas prices," says Police Captain Harvey Powers.

Powers says the thrifty gas-sipping nature of the vehicles make them a popular item for thieves. He urges moped owners to be sure to lock their vehicles when parked and record the serial number to help recover if it is ripped off.

Curiously, police in D.C. have not reported a similar trend here.

NPR

Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.
NPR

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.