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April 23, 2013
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$6K bike lost in Nevada City smash and grab

A specialized mountain bike worth $6,400 was stolen out of the front window of the Tour of Nevada City store in a smash and grab that also damaged a $9,000 bicycle.

The theft of the Stumpjumper was discovered at about 5:30 a.m. Friday by a passerby, said Nevada City Police Officer Chad Ellis.

Ellis said there is no suspect at this point, adding that there have been several thefts of this particular type of mountain bike in the area recently.

According to store owner Connie Strawser, the suspect obviously had been in the shop before, since they targeted two very expensive bicycles and broke the window to access them.

“They tried to get the $9,000 bike out. They got it half out,” she said. “They got it wedged in the window, then they probably panicked because the alarm was going off. They got the $6,000 one.”

Strawser said the pricier bicycle did sustain some damage but that it could be fixed. She estimated the cost to replace the window at $650.

“The part that bothers me is that they came in” and were helped by staff, she said.

The iconic bicycle store on Sacramento Street has been burglarized only once before in its 17-year history, Strawser said.

“The first time (it happened), it made me cry,” she said, adding that this time around, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the loss “just seemed minimal.”

“Nobody was hurt,” she said.

But that doesn’t mean the Strawsers have given up on recovering their inventory. They are offering a $100 reward for information leading to the bike’s return.

Connie Strawser described the bike as a Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO, size large with 26-inch wheels; it is charcoal with orange and blue highlights — a “very nice looking, very sharp bike.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the bike store at 530-265-2187 or the Nevada City Police Department at 530-265-4700.

A bamboo bicycle valued at $3,000 was stolen during a similar break-in at a retail store in downtown Grass Valley in January.

The Missueli brand bicycle had been on display in the window of the Bamboo Home Store at 108 Mill St. for three years. The unique bicycle, which is no longer being made, has not been recovered, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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