Authorities seek suspect in bike shop thefts throughout California

By Steve Frothingham

FRESNO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Authorities are seeking a suspect who has stolen high-end bikes, or attempted to do so, from at least eight stores up and down California — from Mill Valley in the Bay Area to Huntington Beach in Southern California.

The victims include Sunnyside Bicycles in the Central Valley city of Fresno, where in October the suspect came in to buy a road bike and said it was for his uncle. The chip on his credit card didn’t work, Sunnyside co-owner Vanessa McCracken said, so shop staff verified his ID and manually inputted the card. Sunnyside later discovered the card belonged to a woman from nearby Clovis and found the bike for sale on eBay. It has not been recovered.

The suspect returned to Sunnyside two weeks later and tried to get another bike, but he fled after co-owner John McCracken confronted him. An employee got a photo of his license plate, however, and Sunnyside also posted a surveillance camera photo of the suspect on Instagram to warn other businesses.

When the suspect entered another Central Valley retailer, Visalia Cyclery, the owner recognized him immediately and contacted Sunnyside and local authorities.

The suspect has attempted to purchase bikes at four different …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News