Thousands Of Dollars In Bicycles And Related Clothing Stolen From Tulsa Store

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 9:51 am
By: News On 6 & Craig Day, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Tulsa Police say a burglary suspect probably sustained a pretty good cut after officers found blood at the scene of a burglary at a bicycle shop in the 500 block of East 11th Street Thursday morning.

Tulsa Police believe SuperLegera Cycling and Multi sport was burglarized sometime about 5 a.m.

"You know I'm angry," Ted Summers, Superleggera, said. "On the other hand I feel sorry for the guy or the people who did it, it's an act of desperation to do something like this."

The thieves broke through a window, got inside, and took 12 high-dollar racing, road and mountain bikes. Most of the bikes go for $2,000-$3,000 each and a couple go for much more.

"One there is only about 18 of them in the world. It's worth $8,000," Summers said.

Thieves also took or damaged $12,000 to $15,000 dollars worth of merchandise. The business has theft insurance, but it is still frustrating.

"Right is right and wrong is wrong," Summers said.

And then, there's all the blood everywhere. One burglar cut himself on the broken window glass.

"You hate to say, to wish bad things on others, but it is some consolation yeah," said Summers. "For sure."

Police followed the blood trail to some nearby apartments and recovered four of the stolen bikes.

"They think what happened is he may have like leaned in, because those were huge chunks of glass that were just hanging like guillotines," Summers said.

The store gave police all of the serial numbers on the remaining missing bikes, which could help to recover them. But since they're likely damaged or bloody, it's still a huge loss.

"It's frustrating," Summers said.

If someone tries to sell the bikes locally, here are the brands to look out for: Cannondale, BMC and Orbea brands.

Anyone with information that could help Tulsa Police should call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.