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Personal Bird e-scooter reported stolen outside Grazie Italiano

A Grazie Italiano employee reported Monday night his personalized Bird e-scooter was stolen from outside the restaurant.

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said the man arrived at the restaurant on the scooter around 5:30 p.m. for work. The man told police he normally locked the scooter but had not locked it that night.

When the employee left the restaurant at 7 p.m., he realized the scooter was missing. A customer dining outside told the scooter’s owner a man had walked out of the restaurant around 6:50 p.m. and taken pictures of the scooter before driving off on it, Pedigo said.

The e-scooter is the same model as those used by Bird but has personalized elements that make it look distinct from Bird scooters, Pedigo said. The man told police the scooter has a silver chrome front bar post, stickers and a red left throttle and blue right throttle.

Pedigo said the owner is not seeking to press charges because the scooter may have been mistaken for one operated by Bird.

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