Hey, Crime Stoppers! Help us catch a dirty, rotten bike thief!
UPDATED: May 7, 2014
Around 3AM on Thu Apr 17, 2014 a man with a hoodie and mask across most of his face used a full-sized sledgehammer to break out the glass of our front door here at Pine Mountain Sports. After he broke the glass he went to his white Chevy Astro or GMC Safari van (see below) and put the hammer away. He then came into the store and took a Santa Cruz Bronson bike and drug it through the hole in the door to put it in his van. He ran back in and grabbed two Santa Cruz frames (detailed below) before leaving. Police arrived a moment after he was already gone. This album contains some of the details of the break in and missing items as well as images of our smash and grab thief and surveillance video of his white van which was also used in another bike shop attempted burglary (Sunnyside Sports at 2:30AM on Sun Apr 13, 2014) in our same neighborhood five days earlier.
Take a look and let us know if you have any leads. We’ll be updating this page with any news as we go. Thank you all so much for your support, suggestions and good leads thus far!
THIS IS OUR GUY…
He was wearing a dark hoodie, and had most of his face covered. He wore gloves and dark pants.
WHAT WAS STOLEN?
WE KNOW WHAT VEHICLE WAS HE DRIVING!
UPDATED 4/22: Surveillance video shows that our thief used a white Chevy Astro or GMC Safari van for BOTH our shop break in and the one at Sunnyside Sports five days earlier. See video, pic, and very specific details listed below…
***IMPORTANT***: The Astro or GMC van that we are looking for has some very specific things to look for… A) It has 2 rear doors but with a rear tinted window that runs the width of both rear doors – just like the van shown below. A lot of Astro/GMC vans have two windows in the back with a pillar in between. THE VAN WE ARE AFTER HAS ONE, WIDE, REAR WINDOW – a.k.a. a Dutch style rear door. This makes it easy to spot from a distance. B) An offset license plate with the plate on the right door – makes it easy to spot at night. C) a low profile factory roof rack. D) This is a passenger van with tinted side/rear windows – NOT a cargo van with no or minimal rear windows. E) The bumpers are mostly white. F) The picture below is not the actual van, but one of the first ones just like it that the police investigated – here in town. Which means that there’s at least one poor soul with this same van driving around town and getting bugged, so when you’re collecting evidence – please be nice. Thanks!
IF YOU SEE THE VAN PLEASE TAKE A PHOTO OF IT AND… INCLUDE THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER.
Here’s a link to a new story about our break in that aired on KTVZ the day of the event.
If you have any information about the suspect, contact the Crime Stoppers tipline at 1-877-876-TIPS, or the form on KTVZ.COM’s Crime Stoppers page.
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