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Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C. police chief, responds to criticism over handling of bike theft

10:16 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- Danny Lesh first told his story to 9News Now last week.

He says his bicycle was stolen from him and then posted on craigslist for sale. He arranged a meeting with the seller, and eventually stole his own bike back. Despite getting his Cannondale bike back he says the police didn't do enough to help him. He told 9News Now his calls for help fell on deaf ears. 

Lesh said , "I had served them up a criminal on platter, and for whatever reason they just weren't able to do it."

Now D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is answering the criticism by saying they were working on it just not as fast as Lesh would have liked. 

Lanier said , "There was some background work we wanted to do so we didn't lose the person who ultimately took the bike to begin with."

Although Lesh got his bike back and wasn't hurt doing it, Chief Lanier advises against people going after their own stolen property. 

She said, "Let us do that for you. Losing property is one thing. To be injured or lose your life is another thing and it really isn't worth it."

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