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Thieves steal $20k in mountain bikes from North Division Bicycle Shop

SPOKANE, Wash. - North Division Bicycle Shop vo

Thieves overnight broke into the North Division Bicycle Shop and stole 21 Trek mountain bikes and road bikes from the business.

The estimated loss exceeds $20,000.

A sheriff's deputy responded to the store, located at 10503 N. Division after someone called to say they saw a suspicious vehicle near the business and thought the store was being burglarized. The owner confirmed with the deputy 21 bikes were stolen.

They don't have a lot of information about who they are looking for but they do know is that person wasn't all that worried about getting caught.

Mac is a mechanic at the shop and Tuesday morning he came in to a mess at work. His service manager was the first person in and couldn't believe what had happened.

"Clipped the locks off one of our storage units and made I think it looked like three trips and they just loaded the truck up with as many cartons as they could carry and came back for more," Mac said.

When Mac says cartons he's talking about boxed up, disassembled, absolutely brand new bikes.

"Mountain bikes from 350 to 500 bucks like a beach cruiser, there were a few higher end bikes in there," Mac said.

Higher end is $1,600 or more. Luckily there weren't many of those bikes among what was taken.

An employee at the coffee stand across the parking lot called the police after she noticed a suspicious truck leaving and returning. The driver was able to make three trips before 6 a.m. when police arrived.

"This one was quite bold, multiple trips loading up a truck bed, it was pretty brazen alright," Mac said.

While the search is on for the suspect and the bikes, Mac and the crew at North Division Bicycles are trying to keep this robbery from ruining their Christmas spirit

"It is unfortunate you know, it seems like there is always that story about the Christmas robbery. You always think that maybe happens to other people," Mac said.

The store is working to update their security, with new locks being added as well as other equipment to deter criminals.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this incident.  Persons with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip online at www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org

Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.