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I believe this is what the police would classify as a "nuisance" crime.mts_centre[1].jpg So I'm coming out of the downtown MTS Centre Sunday night, having just watched the Manitoba Moose pull out a playoff victory.I cross Portage Avenue, where my mountain bike is waiting for me. In an effort to save the planet - and burn some calories - I'd cycled to the game earlier that evening.Anyways, I make my way to the bike rack, unlock it and start to sit down...Ouch!I look down to see the source of the sudden jolt to find something missing.My seat.Now, just to be clear, this was no fancy, pricey plush seat that I had bought to make my ride smoother. This was the factory model, run-of-the-mill bike seat.Yet someone apparently felt the need to swipe it. For what, I'm not sure. I'm guessing just because they could.photo_ppl21[1].jpg Talk about a pain in the butt. Maybe I should switch to roller-blading. Or a pogo stick.Now, I've learned a long time ago not to get too hot over stuff like this.It comes with the territory of covering the crime and justice beat, where I get a daily reality and perspective check by watching people every day who have truly suffered from crime.But that doesn't mean the blood doesn't boil just a little bit over this kind of stupidity.Anyone else out there have similar experiences with nuisance type crimes? The kind of things that are hardly worth reporting to police but leaves you wondering what some people are thinking?Share 'em below.Oh, and for avid, long-time readers of this blog - you might be asking yourself "Didn't Mike have some interesting bike experiences last year?"The answer, sadly, is yes.Click HERE to read a previous blog detailing the bizarre theft of my previous bike.about_wasps_image[1].jpg And HERE to refresh your memory about my run-in with some angry wasps!www.mikeoncrime.com

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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