Houston-area bike shop robberies

Burglars have been hitting bike shops in Pearland, The Woodlands, Missouri City and Sugar Land over the past month.

HOUSTON — There has been a spate of break-ins at several Houston-area bike shops over the past three weeks, and investigators believe the same team may be behind each one.

Three men use a crowbar to break in through the front door and exit the shops in three minutes with as many bikes as they can fit in their getaway vehicle.

Authorities believe the crew is responsible for at least four burglaries.

June 27, Missouri City Sugar Cycles was hit around 1:30 a.m.

At 4:30 a.m. the same day, Society Cycle Works was robbed in Sugar Land with an estimated loss of $50,000.

July 18, Bikeland in the woods got hit and lost about $30,000 in bikes. The crooks used a truck and a van. Owner Jeff Chaffin said the two vehicles were actually parked at a nearby gas station next to a Shenandoah police cruiser moments earlier.

July 21, Pearland Bikes became the latest victim. Due to the series of break-ins, the store preemptively removed some high-end bikes from the showroom floor. Still, the store estimates it lost between $30,000 and $40,000 in merchandise, including customer bikes left for repair.

In the most recent case, the scammers used a box truck.

“The vehicle they used, we got a license plate from it. I don’t know if it was stolen or not, so that’s proof. They left gloves in the store, disposable gloves, Pearland Bicycles owner Daryl Catching said.

Store employees said the recent spate of crimes was quite unusual.

The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office is contacting all the different agencies involved in the crimes to investigate.

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