The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft of more than $30,000 worth of merchandise from a Lyons bike shop that occurred late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
Redstone Cyclery owner Dave Chase said it appears someone threw a large rock through the front window of his business, located at 355 Main Street. Chase said five carbon fiber full suspension mountain bikes were stolen. He guessed the bikes, which were the only items taken, were worth $35,000.
“It felt like I was gutted. This was very personal,” Chase said. “It’s not like I’m a big corporate entity. I’m a small family-oriented shop in a family-oriented town.”
Patrol Sgt. Andy Smith , with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said the crime was reported around 7 a.m. Sunday when a man walking his dog passed the bike shop and saw the broken window.
Smith said a detective is investigating the case and as of Tuesday afternoon, there were no leads on the suspect or suspects involved.
No other businesses in that area were broken into, Smith said.
“It looks like that business was targeted because of the high-end bicycles,” Smith said. “It was probably a crime of opportunity. They saw the bikes and took advantage of the situation.”
Chase said the theft was a harsh blow during what has already been a challenging time for small businesses, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While many businesses were forced to close their doors at the order of the governor last month, bike repair shops are considered essential by the state.
In addition to the theft of the bikes, it will cost a couple thousand dollars to repair the front window that was damaged in the break-in, Chase said.
Chase is a self proclaimed “bike nerd” started Redstone Cyclery more than 17 years ago from his garage.
After posting the news of the theft on Redstone Cyclery’s Facebook page, Chase saw an outpouring of support from the Lyons community, including a Go Fund Me created to replace the funds his business lost.
“We are super stoked about the people that love us and at the end of the day that’s what keeps us going,” he said. “I’m not going to allow some chump … bike thieves to get me down.”
Chase said there is no camera footage from the incident. In response to the crime, he said he does plan to ramp up security at the store.
“I can’t choose what has happened to me, but I can choose how I react,” he said. “We are going to come out of this stronger than ever.”