Cameras capture thieves breaking into bike shop

VIDEO: Cameras capture two men breaking into Lacey bike shop

Two thieves were caught on surveillance video smashing the front door of Joy Ride Bikes in Lacey.

“The BMX bandits did it again, so I was kind of bummed out that it happened again,” said worker Trout Clinton.

Owner Brian Koder said they've been broken into three times in less than two years.

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“It's always frustrating when something like this happens. You're trying to provide a service to your community as a small business. Everyone in this shop lives and works in this community,” said Koder.

This time, the thieves got away with two BMX-style bikes.

“They have air in the tires and pedals on them, so they can ride them out of here,” said Clinton.

Clinton said one bike is green and the other is purple. Koder said the bikes are close to $400 each.

The problem is, the style blends in, so they're tough to track down.

“It's going to look like every other bike out there,” said Clinton.

Koder is trying to keep the thieves away.

“I spent 21 years in the Army always being on call, and then, when you get out, you come to work and you think, ‘Oh, I get to sleep all night,’ and all of a sudden the alarm company calls and you come out and the window is out,” he said.

He's heightening security by adding more cameras and tougher glass. He hopes to keep future crooks out and track the most recent thieves down.

“You want to hold them up against the wall, you want to put the fire to their feet, but that's not my job. My job is to keep doing what we're going here to support BMX and the community,” said Clinton.

The theft happened Oct. 16 at 3:15 a.m. at 1225 Ruddell Road SE. Lacey police said the thieves were seen heading northbound on the bikes.

If anyone has information, contact Lacey police at 360-459-4333.

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