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Minibikes are now vehicles non grata in the District, but there’s one place with plenty in stock: D.C. police stations. Once seized, the bikes—objects of a youth-delinquency craze last summer—languish in impound lots, tempting their pint-sized former owners and admirers from behind cyclone fencing. Earlier this year, 4th District police caught a pack of juveniles attempting to liberate the bikes from the lot behind the station, but no charges were ever filed, and on several occasions since, bikes have disappeared. “They’re so little, you couldn’t really even see them,” says Lt. Theresa Brown of the alleged underaged culprits, who were apprehended a second time on the evening of June 28. Though even Brown admits that return visits showed character—”You’d have to be pretty brave to break into the police lot”—the suspects’ MO hasn’t improved. Officers spotted the group, Brown says, because “one little boy had the same red shirt on.” —Jeff Horwitz