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Break-in attempt at Clever Cycles; reward offered

Posted by on November 18th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Last night around midnight, two would-be thieves tried to break into Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne Blvd. Here’s a photo of the scene taken a few hours ago:

Front window of Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne.
The shop is offering a $500 reward for information
leading to the arrest of the culprits.
(Photo: Tyler Robertson)

Shop manager Tyler Robertson says the incident was caught on the shop’s security cameras. Apparently, the two thieves threw a fire extinguisher at the front window of the shop and attempted to grab a new Yuba Mundo cargo bike that was in the display. Luckily, the glass was double-plated and shatterproof and the thieves weren’t able to get inside.

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Robertson says the shop is offering $500 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the culprits. The security video didn’t get a good look at them and at this point all they know is that the would-be thieves were wearing dark hoodies.

“We didn’t get a good look at their faces,” says Robertson, “but the cops are checking the extinguisher for fingerprints, so we’re hopeful they’ll find a match.”

The window will cost about $2,000 to replace.

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  • Kyrstin November 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    oh, thats terrible! The only thing worse than a horse thief is a bike thief, and Clever Cycles is such a wonderful community resource: I have relied on them for their insight expertise, especially with regard to bike commuting with kids, and they have come to my rescue more than once with emergency bike repairs. It seems they always have time to help a cyclist in distress, and never seem to run out of patience answering questions. I hope they catch the culperates!

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  • matt picio November 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Glad they didn’t succeed. Hopefully Clever Cycles’ insurance policy covers the window replacement. Ugh.

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  • Xtrasue November 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Hooray for jackass-proof windows!

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  • T Williams November 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    That bike will cost as much as a diamond ring. And jewelers remove their merch from the windows at closing.

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  • Paige November 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Was confused when I went to pick up my new bike this morning. Glad nothing was taken!

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  • C Mariam November 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    T Williams, the emotions you’re looking for are called compassion and empathy. Moron.

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  • Eric November 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    At my shop, I make sure that bikes in the window are not only locked up, but that the lock is clearly visible from the outside. Even a heavy-duty cable is probably sufficient deterrent for a smash-and-grab. Even if someone decides to try it, the extra couple of minutes required to cut a cable would probably be useful. I rarely wish harm to anyone, but I hope that the culprits get nailed by a big piece of broken glass if they do manage to reach into the window next time!

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  • Klixi November 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    That sucks! Glad they didn’t get the bike though. You have to be really brazen (and dumb) to smash a window to a business that sits RIGHT on Hawthorne!

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  • Joe Doebele November 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    It’s not like the Mundo’s that expensive, either.

    On the up side, maybe this bodes well for Mundo sales. Glad they didn’t get it, you guys.

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  • Joe November 18, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    I’m glad the bikes stay in the window.. I love to see them and they reinforce the perception of safety on the street to see something nice as you walk by. Certainly better than an empty display case or worse yet, a blank wall with no window at all.

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  • velo November 19, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I saw that window getting boarded up and wondered what happened. That is unfortunate. Hopefully these jokers get caught before they succeed in stealing something. Then again, I have little faith in the PPB’s skills are priorities. Keep those bikes locked up and the cameras on.

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  • maxadders November 19, 2008 at 9:39 am

    The CCC on Alberta has taken to removing all its bikes from the window every night and locking them together on the sales floor, in addition to leaving the lights on all night– probably in response to last year’s burglary…

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  • todd November 19, 2008 at 9:43 am

    coffee goes wrong way when i think “diamond ring” and “cargo bike” together, as if both were shiny, anonymous objects of concentrated wealth and status, equally subject to the crow-like thievery of the hoodied classes fighting the Man.

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  • ValkRaider November 19, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Clever Cycles rules!

    I hope you catch the punks.

    Next time install boobie-traps. Claymore style.


    Also, really stylish iron bars can be crafted. Maybe some cool bike design that looks more like art but functions like deterrance.

    Maybe I’ll go buy something from them at lunch. 🙂

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