A Chicago man has been charged with multiple counts stemming from a burglary at a Naperville e-bike shop on Sunday morning, according to a Naperville police news release.
Thaddeus Harper, 41, of the 1400 block of South Blue Island, was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.
A preliminary investigation shows a burglar smashed the glass in the front door of Mike’s e-bike shop at 1701 Quincy Suite 11 and loaded two bikes into a moving van.
Naperville’s high-end bike shops have been targeted by burglars this year.
On Jan. 12, thieves stole more than $50,000 in bike gear from Endure It, a business at 1661 Quincy Ave. specializing in triathlon training.
Although nothing was taken, a break-in was also reported on January 13 at the Spokes store at 1807 S. Washington St.
Naperville Police Commander. Michaus Williams said the department did not know if Sunday’s burglary was related to the other burglaries.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, bike shops have experienced unprecedented demand for bikes and struggled to restock.
Spokes on its website continues to notify customers that the store is anticipating lower than normal inventory through 2023 due to supply chain issues and disruptions.
Naperville police say officers were called to Mike’s E-Bike store, which sells e-bikes, around 5:45 a.m. Sunday, where they encountered a man exiting the business through the front door and jumped into the van.
Police say the driver hit a police cruiser with the van, but lost control after entering the roadway, where the van slid into a snowdrift and got stuck.
As the man attempted to flee on foot, police said he was captured by police, the statement said.
Harper also faces misdemeanor charges, including fleeing or attempting to escape a peace officer, reckless driving, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of consumable paraphernalia drugs and the illegal use of a weapon.
The bikes were recovered along with other contraband items which are being investigated, police said.