A man stopped by police for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk turned out to be a local career criminal sought in connection with two other crimes.
Efrain Gauthier was at the 68th Precinct, which services Dyker Heights and other local nabes, last Thursday. When police searched him, they realized the bike was stolen and he had drugs and burglary tools on him.
The 76th Precinct had issued two bench warrants for Gauthier, and had been after him for years. According to the Carroll Gardens Patch, Gauthier has 43 previous arrests and 25 convictions.
The Patch writes:
Captain Jeffrey Schiff was so fed up with the recidivist returning to the streets that he visited the Red Hook Justice Center and requested Judge Calabrese impose a higher bail. As a result of the conversation, the bond was set at $10,000.
Gauthier didn’t show for sentencing to another crime and has been on the lam since then.
Further, the Patch states that:
Captain schiff has previously stated that whenever Gauthier is arrested, the number of car break-ins and stolen bicycles in the 76th Precinct goes down immediately afterward.
Glad to have this perp out of our areas and behind bars, where he belongs.