SOUTH GLENDALE — A 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him wearing a black inmate jumpsuit and riding a 10-year-old girl’s stolen pink bicycle — just hours after he was released from a Los Angeles County jail.
Michael Toplin, who was on parole for receiving stolen property, had been released from jail earlier that day, but allegedly wasted little time in taking advantage of an opportunity crime, according to Glendale police reports.
Special Enforcement Detail officers, whose duties include monitoring parolees, reported spotting Toplin about 7:30 p.m. riding the pink bike on a Central Avenue sidewalk, a code violation.
The same bike had been reported stolen 10 minutes earlier from an apartment in the 100 block of Louise Street, according to police reports.
The alleged offense likely resulted from Toplin needing some mode of transportation, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
“They have no ethics, and they are willing to take from others,” he said.