Man keeps Segway in attempted robbery

Students received an email Friday afternoon informing them of an attempted robbery of a Segway near the off-campus Biola apartments.

Kathryn Watson, Writer

A man not affiliated with Biola was very nearly robbed of his Segway Tuesday night by two persistent suspects near the Bluff apartments.

The attempted robbery of the transportation mode took place just southeast of the apartments at 7:45 p.m. The individual was assaulted by two suspects who were hiding behind the bushes on La Mirada Boulevard. Despite suspects’ attempts to steal the self-balancing scooter, the owner was able to clutch onto it, according to Justin Shelby, public information officer of Campus Safety. An email notification informed students that the suspects left the victim and returned in a blue pick-up truck to further taunt him. A report was made to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Segways typically sell for anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000, and the standard speed, according to the company’s website, is around 12.5 miles per hour. In the past decade, Segway use has become a more used form of transportation. In 2003, the first recorded Segway theft made headlines in New York City.

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