Bixby Bike Shop Targeted By Vandals Reopens With Tighter Security

Wednesday, August 26th 2015, 6:19 pm
By: News On 6

An area bike shop is back open after a truck slammed into the store six weeks ago.

But this isn't the first time the shop has had to make repairs; vandals targeted the store back in December and, as of now, neither crime has been solved.

The sights and sounds at Bixby Bicycles are getting back to normal, but not too long ago the store was just a big black hole due to smoke damage.

Owner Buster Brown said, "You'd be amazed at how fast this floor went down."

Wednesday was a much different than just six weeks ago when a truck smashed into the back of the store, causing it to catch fire and leaving between $80,000 and $100,000 in damage.

This week the store is back open for business with tighter security.

"We have seven cameras outside, inside, and a better security system," Brown said.

Security was improved because it’s not the first time the shop has been targeted. Back in December of 2014 cameras caught two figures late at night smashing windows and throwing fire accelerant inside.

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As of now neither crime has been solved, and Brown said he's frustrated.

"If they're doing something I don't know what it is," he said.

Detective Sergeant Andy Choat said Bixby police said is doing something, but has little to go on.

“We're still exploring some information that we have," he said. "Unfortunately in our criminal justice system we cannot prosecute on theories, so we need evidence, we need witnesses and evidence and we're unable to obtain that at this time."

As for why the business has been targeted, police don't believe it has anything to do with cyclists.

"We're led to believe that the business is being targeted due to some sort of possible personal vendetta or a feud between a group of people and the shop owner,” Choat said.

In the meantime, Brown is just trying to get back to business and is hoping for a break in the case.

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"This week we're already back, like things are back to normal, which is good, we need that," he said.

Bixby police are asking anyone with any information on either of the crimes to contact them.