Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 20th, 2007 at 5:30 pm
Thieves ransacked The Community Cycling Center on NE Alberta and 17th this morning. Communications director Alison Hill says,
"We came in this morning to a ransacked shop and offices. Bikes, our safe, parts, and accessories stolen. Plus a day lost in the shop at a slow time of year. A big hit for a small organization."
Alison says that neighbors and police, have noted a trend of other break-ins on the street.
Staff and volunteers have been cleaning up all day and will work into the night to put things back in order.
according to Alison Hill.]
For a small non-profit that relies on income from bike sales and accessories, this is a "difficult blow," especially during such a slow time in the season where every penny counts.
Alison adds that while this is a tragedy, they intend to use it as an opportunity to make the CCC more secure and to do more to keep their neighborhood safe in the future.
She also said they are in need of the following:
- A security system, lighting, blinds and other equipment to secure their retail area;
- A professional grade safe;
- Donated bikes to replace bikes lost in the shop;
- Cash to purchase new locks and accessories and make up for the lost business.
The CCC is a pillar of the community and if you can help, or if you spot any suspicious bike parts floating around that neighborhood, please contact Alison Hill immediately at (503) 546-8864 or alison[at]communitycyclingcenter[dot]org.
UPDATE: Donate online to help out the CCC!