OKLAHOMA CITY - Police are looking for a suspect or suspects involved in a theft after thousands of dollars worth of bikes were stolen from an Oklahoma City apartment complex.
The two bikes belong to Jeff Young and his wife.
"Our [building] gate had malfunctioned, and it was leaving a gap for someone to basically walk right through," Young said. "I was on a racing team, so I had a pretty good carbon fiber, very light bike."
That one bike alone is worth around $3,000, Young said. According to him, someone stole his wife's bike in the overnight hours on May 2 along with the wheels on his bike. Both had been locked up at the Classen Glen garage.
"I had taken the kids to school, and parked, and just kind of looked over there and noticed my bike was there with no wheels and my wife’s bike was gone," he said. "So, [it was] that sinking feeling, like somebody came in and took my stuff."
Surveillance video shows a man returning the next morning and walking out with the remaining bike frame.
"I didn’t bother getting the rest of my bike because they had broken it, and I couldn’t ride it anyway," he said. "If you need help, there’s places to go get it. You don’t need to steal from other people."
Young said he noticed equipment left on the ground. Police believe they were used to steal the bikes.
"They left wire cutters, a crowbar on the first morning. And, the second one, full bolt cutters – just left them laying on the ground. Really strange. You’d think they would take that evidence away," he said. "I don’t know if they’re (police) going to fingerprint those or whatever. Hopefully, they can. I really just hope they catch this person before they take other people’s property."
Police are now on the case.
"Both bikes are missing. It’s about $4,000 worth of equipment that ended up being stolen," said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Dept.
A report was filed with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 405-235-7300.
In a statement, the Classen Glen HOA board said:
"As fellow homeowners and neighbors, we share in the Young family’s desire to identify the individual photographed on Classen Glen’s security system during the break-in and bring this person to justice. We intend to work directly with the Youngs and the police to aid in the search for this individual and their stolen property. As a board, we are passionate about advocating on behalf of all homeowners at Classen Glen. We are committed to doing everything in our power to keep our community a safe and secure environment for all."