“It’s a continuing phenomenon,” said Cmdr. Michaus Williams, Naperville Police Department “We haven’t figured out what they’re doing with those bikes yet.”
EndureIt is a small bike shop in Naperville that is now about $60,000 to $70,000 worth of merchandise after someone broke in last Wednesday.
“They broke in through one of our windows, entered through the window and took about 12 bikes in total,” owner Erik Walter said. “I didn’t touch anything else, just went to get the bikes and was in and out within 3-5 minutes.”
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Police do not yet know if the burglaries are all related, but they are investigating some leads. Owners of local bike shops are also noticing a trend.
“They definitely go for bikes over $2,000,” Walter said. “They obviously know enough where they’re targeting high-end bikes.”
The trend of burglaries in the suburbs is now worrying many bike shop owners, with some taking extraordinary measures to keep their shops safe. Trek Bicycle in Naperville is now boarded up all around just in case.
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“Due to the ongoing theft in the bicycle industry, we have decided to close our windows and acquire additional security,” said a message on the store’s voicemail recording.
This all comes at a difficult time for these bike shops. Many of them are family businesses that are already struggling to bring in goods.
“With supply chain issues and rising material costs, it’s been very difficult to get anything from tires to bike chains to the bikes themselves,” Walter said. .
“A major theft can put them out of business for good,” added Williams.
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