Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 28th, 2012 at 10:36 am
(Photo: Bike Clark County)
From the VPD media release:
… they arrested Matthew Robert Smith, 27 and Jory John Aultman, 19. They were booked for Burglary II and Trafficking Stolen Property… One bicycle was recovered and other bicycles are believed to still be in the neighborhood. Anyone with information on these bicycles, or the burglary, is asked to call Vancouver Police Det. Adam Millard at (360) 487-7449. The investigation is continuing.
The bikes were stolen from the Hough Pool (where they were stored) on August 7th. According to BCC President Eric Giacchino, 15 bikes were stolen in addition to a case of new inner tubes, a few parts, helmets, and a work stand (note that this number of stolen bikes is much lower than the 29 first reported).
The bikes include a mix of 24 and 26-inch wheeled mountain bikes. All of them are made by Giant. Below is the list (supplied by Giacchino) and estimated retail price of each of the bikes.
Six, 26-inch Giant Boulders (in photo above): Blue and Sliver with front suspension: Approximate value: $600 each
Ten, 24’ Giant MTX two-twenty-five: (see photo above, right) Silver Approximate Retail replacement Value: $450 each
Serial numbers and sizes:
Please keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist, pawn shops, garage sales, and elsewhere for these bikes.
On August 18th, in his group’s monthly email newsletter, Giacchino said while the theft wasn’t as bad as initially reported, “It still hits our budding organization hard.” He also shared that, while he’s aware the current shop space (an old, drained-out public swimming pool) isn’t idea, “It’s free, and without much of a budget, free is a good price for now.”
Fortunately, Giacchino says they still have enough bikes to hold their bike safety course for middle-schoolers that begins this spring. The Board of Bike Clark County is also prepping to replace some of the other bikes.
The VPD is continuing their investigation and says the remaining bikes are believed to still be in the neighborhood. Anyone with information on these bicycles, or the burglary, is asked to call Vancouver Police Detective Adam Millard at (360) 487-7449.