Box Dog Bikes on 14th Street suffered a massive loss Wednesday night, when their shop was broken into and their entire bicycle inventory stolen. Geoffrey Colburn, one of the owners of the co-op, tells SF Weekly that the staff got a call from SFPD early this morning after a neighbor called the police.
“One by one they got 21 bikes,” he says. “It’s pretty ugly.”
The bike shop, which is located on 14th Street between Valencia and Guerrero, has heavy metal gates that cover its windows and doors, but the thieves managed to get through them, “probably with an angle grinder, maybe with some choppers,” Colburn says. Once they pried open a portion of the gate they had about one foot of space to get in.
Only one customer’s bike was stolen in the raid, but the loss is devastating for the small business. And it’s not the first time a burglary has happened; last year, the shop’s window display was broken into.
Colburn says the shop does have insurance, but he’s still holding out hope that they’ll be able to get the bikes back.
“If you see any of these bikes on the streets please call 911,” the staff wrote on Instagram. “Most of these bikes don’t have pedals so it’s gonna be hard to ride them.”
The brands stolen include Salsa, All City, and Kona. Photos of some of the stolen bikes are listed below. A full list of sizes, makes, and models can be found on Box Dog’s Instagram.
The shop will be closed all day Thursday while police conduct an investigation, but the worker-owned co-op hopes to be open for repairs and tune-ups by Friday.