Man helped ex-Brevard bike shop worker steal bikes worth $15,000, deputies say

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida. – A man accused of helping a former Port Canaveral bike shop worker steal more than $15,000 worth of bikes was arrested Thursday, according to an affidavit for a warrant.

Keith Dalton Lowe, 26, and two accomplices used a rented U-Haul truck to steal the bikes over the summer, deputies said.

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On the morning of August 28, 2021, deputies responded to Beach Bum Bikes Too where an employee reported that 14 bikes had been stolen overnight, according to the affidavit. Seven e-bikes and seven pedal bikes, individually valued at $1,799 and $459 respectively, represent a total loss of $15,806, the deputies said.

The employee told deputies that a recently laid off former worker – Jillana Sue Sunderlin, 32 – had not yet returned her key to the store, according to the affidavit. After reviewing surveillance footage provided by the owner of a nearby business, deputies said Sunderlin was recorded opening the door to the store and walking inside with a man later identified as being Michael Steven Whalen, 50.

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The two left, but 20 minutes later a U-Haul van truck pulled up outside the gate carrying Sunderlin, Whalen and Lowe, all of whom were recorded entering the business and wheeling the bikes into the truck, according to the affidavit.

Deputies contacted U-Haul and received surveillance footage and footage from a company facility in Palm Bay, where the truck was rented, according to the affidavit. The video showed Sunderlin, Whalen and Lowe signing the hire on the evening of August 27, the deputies said.

Lowe was arrested Thursday and faces criminal charges of grand larceny and burglary, records show.

The affidavit listed Sunderlin and Whalen as Lowe’s accomplices in the burglary, but said nothing about an active search or potential charges against them.

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