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.