Internet Finds Tommy Wells' Stolen Bicycle

DOEE Director's Bike Recovered by MPD

DOEE Director Tommy Wells with his found Brompton bicycle. (Photo: Andrew Lightman)

A Southwest DC citizen found Tommy Wells' stolen Brompton bicycle with the help of social media and news, and reported it to police around June 30. Wells, the director of the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), reported his signature green foldable bicycle stolen on June 23 on the corner of North Capitol Street and H Street NE, despite having locked it. 

The person who found it told police the suspect tried to sell him the bicycle and he recognized it from media reports, Wells said. The suspect told police he took it from around Union Station, near where Wells reported his missing. The suspect has not been arrested or charged yet.

"This is certainly a crime that has happened to a lot of people, but not at the magnitude of some of the other crimes that are going on," Wells said, emphasizing the police work hard on much more pressing crime. "I greatly appreciate MPD being able to get my bike returned." 

A video turned over to police showed a man wearing neon reflective green work pants, a blue sweater and a baseball hat stealing the bicycle. The news then broke and was shared multiple times on social accounts like Twitter and other news sites, which is how the bicycle was identified and returned without any damage. 

Tommy Wells with MPD officer Powell at the First District station June 30. (Photo: Andrew Lightman)