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Avery Moore, assistant chief of the Dallas Police Department; Emada E. Tingirides, deputy chief of the Los Angeles police department; and Joseph Chacon, interim police chief for APD, were able to meet the community on Wednesday. (City of Austin)

Standing before community members and current officers of the Austin Police Department, the three finalists for the Austin police chief role answered questions on how to reimagine public safety and address systemic racism at the first of two community meetings to meet the candidates on Wednesday evening.

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At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, crews were still cleaning up debris from the traffic light falling and burned gas pumps. (Austonia)

A teen driver in a Tesla Model X crashed into a traffic light and gas pump at a West Austin gas station early Thursday morning, knocking over the traffic light and setting the parking lot in flames.

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When Imani Williams woke up after a late-night UberEats shift, she found the $2,800 electric cargo bike she invested in was gone, despite locking the 75-pound bike and taking the battery inside the night before.

Williams is frustrated about how her case was handled after speaking with an Austin police officer. She says she wished the Austin Police Department had been more "efficient" in taking her report and had treated it with more urgency.

But her experience isn't unique. Several other victims of recent property crimes told the Bulldog that they too had difficulty making reports and were frustrated by a seeming lack of follow-up.

Read more at The Austin Bulldog.

The Peddler had four bikes stolen, a loss estimated at $15,000, stolen on Thursday morning. (Reddit)

At 3 a.m. Thursday morning, a group of thieves tied a strap from their truck to the doors of The Peddler, a bike shop on 5015 Duval St., and tried to pull the doors off the building, witnesses told Austin police. When the strap broke, they drove the truck through the door and stole at least four bikes worth at least $15,000 total, management said.

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