Thieves hit city center bicycle shop again

The bicycle shop – now with both front doors closed.

For the second time in ten days, the Wheel & Sprocket bicycle store was hit by burglars in the middle of the night who stole expensive bikes.

The store manager believes the bad guys in Heist Number Two were the same ones who smashed a glass door and took even more expensive bikes in Heist Number One.

“100% the same two guys, says general manager Gretchen Brauer. “Same clothes, same size, same break the window and take the bikes” in the Davis Street store.

The first burglary took place on December 4, around 3:30 a.m. Three bikes, valued at nearly $ 15,000, were stolen. The store then covered the broken glass of the door with a board.

The last burglary took place on December 13, around 4 a.m. The burglars smashed the other intact glass door and fled with two bicycles valued at $ 1,500.

Surveillance video, Brauer says, shows the two thieves “flying” over the stolen goods.

She also says these are “made-to-order” heists, and not just teenagers looking for a bike ride in the wee hours of the morning.

Wheel & Sprocket now has two boarded up front doors. They were painted black so as not to look as unsightly as regular brown wood.

The store is also considering enhanced security.

Maria R. Newman