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Thieves Nab Nearly $10K in Bikes in SJC Heist

The break-in at Buy My Bikes in San Juan Capistrano happened Friday morning.

Thieves broke into Friday morning and made off with $9,500 in bikes, the owner reported.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies alerted owner Jim Curwood at home just after 4:30 a.m. Friday that the alarm had gone off in his store, a.

According to sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino, only two bikes were stolen.

“Apparently, they were high-end bikes,” he said.

Curwood showed up to his shop around 5:15 a.m. to find that someone had jimmied off the doorknob and lock on the iron gate that fronts the back door. Then some sort of tool was used to pry the door open, he said.

“They just took the two $5,000 bikes by the back door,” Curwood said. The bikes are the Niner brand.

The thief or thieves also broke a glass case near the front of the store and sold bike-related products, such as BMX parts, sprockets, hubs and bicycle chains, Curwood said.

Altogether, and including the damage to the back door and glass case, Curwood figures this was a $10,000 crime.

“We don’t have surveillance cameras, but two other businesses nearby do, so we’re going to check the tapes,” Curwood said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (855) TIP-OCCS.

Michele Benjamin June 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We are especially sad to hear this horrible news because Jim is so generous with our schools and a huge support here in San Juan...our family prays these thieves are caught quickly...and exposed. Sorry Jim...
Deborah L Briggs June 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Cameras will help Jim! You'll get them back! Prayers to you and family!
Eric Bergstrom June 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I hate to hear bad things happening to good people. I hope your insurance covers your loss.
Steve Behmerwohld June 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Sorry to hear Jim, that sucks.
karem June 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
This is a shock.. I see their commercial all the time.. I feel so sad.. its a big loss and good ppl don't deserve this. Just last week I had my purse stolen from my car..it made me realize jerks are everywhere.
Janice Pickartz June 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Jim is a good man....bottom line: what goes around, comes around and karma will be a bit*h for the thieves that did this.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Point well taken, but please no cursing, even masked, at Patch. Thanks!
desimal July 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
catch these guys. such a nice business

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