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Police Say Brazen Thieves Targeting Expensive Bicycles in Campbell

Bike thefts continues to be a problem in the Bay Area

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    A South Bay community is on alert after a rash of brazen bicycle thefts. Chuck Coppola reports. (Published Thursday, March 24, 2016)

    A South Bay community is on alert after a rash of brazen bicycle thefts.

    Police said the thieves have been taking expensive bicycles in Campbell. The bicycles each cost at least $1,000.

    Security cameras on Feb. 21 captured two men entering the Revere Apartments on South Bascom Avenue near Hamilton Avenue. Once inside, the suspect went straight to a locked bicycle storage room inside a garage and loaded their truck with bicycles.

    "Going along with the price of the bike is the brazenness of this," Campbell Police Capt. Greg Berg said. "There was security there and judging from their path, it probably wasn't the first time they were there."

    One of the suspects is described as a 25- to 30-year-old man, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a dark goatee and a tattoo on the back of his neck. The other suspect is described as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short dark hair and a goatee.

    A victim said he was shocked that his bike was stolen, given the number of security patrols that he has seen in the area. But police said the payoff for thieves makes it tempting.

    "We've found in other cases that they can sell these bikes on Craigslist," Berg said. "A $3,000 bike for a thousand bucks goes quickly and that's an easy turnaround."

    Campbell's burglary rate is down, but bike theft is a problem throughout the Bay Area.

    Police said a tip for bicycle owners is to take a photo of the bike's serial number, which improves recovery chances.

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