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Moped theft thwarted; incident caught on video

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's a Grand Rapids neighborhood residents say is notorious for moped thefts: the area around the intersection of Wealthy Street and Diamond Avenue SE.

"I can count probably five mopeds taken in the past two years," says moped owner Darrel Smith.

So Smith was ready when he looked out of his office window and saw a teenager messing with his moped. He started recording with his iPhone and stepped outside to question the suspected thief.

"He was pulling on the throttle and pushing the on-off switch," says Smith. "It was kind of apparent he was trying to steal my moped so I started filming."

When Smith walked up, the boy eased off the seat but needed help putting the bike back up on its stand. He didn't say much, not even his name.

"He seemed to get a little bit embarrassed," recalls Smith. "He knew I had caught him. As soon as he knew it was over, he got a little nervous and he was on his way."

Darrel Smith put the video of the amateurish attempt to steal his moped on Facebook, mainly as a warning to others.

"Always lock your bike," he says. "Be safe instead of sorry and always lock it up. There will always be somebody out there to try to steal it."