Security cameras capture attempted smash and seizure at Denver bike shop – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Security cameras captured the moment two hooded suspects crashed into a U-Haul truck at an e-bike store in what the business owner described as a “smash and grab” attempt. This happened Thursday morning at eBikes USA, located in Cherry Creek near University Boulevard and 3rd Avenue. The family business sells high-end electric bicycles.

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“IThis will impact not only me as a business owner, but our clients as well. This will have an impact on our employees. It even impacts our suppliers who support ussaid Houshmand Moarefi, owner and president of eBikes USA.

The incident took place at 4:40 a.m. Thursday. Video captured by his security camera shows a U-Haul truck back in the storefront, smashing windows. Within seconds, two people in hooded sweatshirts rush into the store and seem to notice the bikes are locked before leaving.

“They didn’t get anything. I mean, they’re clearly not the brightest people, ”Moarefi said.

At least 16 high-end electric bikes were damaged in the incident, Moarefi said, and he is currently unable to sell them until insurance settles his claim. The store will also need new windows, rugs and other possible repairs.

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“At this point, I estimate the damage will exceed $ 100,000 just for the bikes and the storefront, but it’s obviously too early to say what the real impact is,” Moarefi said.

Moarefi said it could have been worse if his employees had not secured the bikes before the closure.

“It has become common to break and grab… break into a store and grab as many as you can,” he said. “Yes, they caused a lot of damage, but it wasn’t easy for them to catch anything and they gave up. “

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Moarefi and his employees reopened on Friday after taking a day to clean up the mess. As customers walked in to view the bikes on Saturday, the store front was still boarded up and workers were sweeping away the debris that remained in the parking lot.

“Our employees came together to clean the store, surrounding businesses helped, some of the cyclists in the industry helped us,” Moarefi said. “It’s really moving to see how the community has helped us.

Although a report has been filed with Denver Police, the department has not released any information about the incident. Moarefi also sent the video to U-Haul so the company can investigate who may have been behind the wheel.

Maria R. Newman