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VIDEO: Thief steals “Mayor” of Hampden’s tricycle

After cutting the lock with bolt cutters, a man rides off with Lou Catelli’s distinctive wheels

Above: A thief cuts the cable and makes off with Lou Catelli’s bike in a matter of minutes. (YouTube)

Visitors and locals are familiar with the goofy tricycle ridden by Hampden habitué Will Bauer, better known as “Lou Catelli.”

Today Catelli, who also goes by “The Patron Saint of Hampden,” circulated security camera footage showing someone stealing his tricycle.

The incident takes place in Hampden on “The Avenue” (36th Street) in front of the Hampden Family Center. The date stamp says Sunday, May 28.

A man wearing a yellow work vest takes a cutting tool out of a black bag and cuts the cable locking the bike to a sidewalk locking post. Then he just rides off on it.

What’s going to happen next?

Catelli may sport a man-bun and short-shorts, but don’t think “The Mayor of Hampden” isn’t prepared to take extreme measures to get his wheels back.

On Facebook, Catelli/Bauer, who is also a community activist and restaurant consultant, has a stern message for the thief:

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money,” he writes. “But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”

“It was spotted last night heading up 41st past the Royal Farms,” Bauer told The Brew. “So the perpetrator must have great leg muscles.”

Will Bauer, aka Lou Catelli, in Sunday's parade. (Rich Gibson Facebook)

Will Bauer, aka Lou Catelli, in last year’s Hampden Christmas parade. (Rich Gibson Facebook)

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