Thief uses getaway bike to steal 2-ton* aircon unit

It’s good to see bicycles used for everyday transport.

But David Earl Newsome of Greenville, Texas, may want to upgrade to a beefier bike the next time he takes a fancy to some heavy electrical equipment.

Greenville’s Herald Banner reports that Newsome has entered guilty pleas in District Court following his attempted felony on May 2nd.

Newsome was alleged to have stolen a two-ton air conditioner condenser unit from the Greenville Community Health Service Agency on May 2. An individual with the organization spotted Newsome and another man riding away from the building on Wesley Street on bicycles while carrying the air conditioner. The two men dropped the air conditioner and fled after being confronted by a Greenville Police Department officer.

Reports that Newsome has been eyeing up a Yuba Mondo Utility bike have yet to be confirmed.

However, for anybody else wanting to tow some serious kit, use this calculator for weighing up the pros and cons of cargo carrying.

Someone in reasonable physical condition can generally pull a 300 lb load at 10 mph (16 km/hr) on level ground if there’s no wind. A person exerting the same effort could pull a load of 600 lb. (275 kg) at a speed of about 8 mph (11-13 km/hr), and a 1000 lb load at about 6 mph.

* Note: as reader Marc points out, the two ton isn’t a weight, it’s an air conditioning measure.