Thursday, June 06, 2019

VIDEO: Burglars break into Heritage bike shop AGAIN — “Running a business ain't easy…stuff like this just kills you."

Broken glass awaits repair at Heritage Bikes' Lincoln Avenue location. | Provided
Here we go again!

Three weeks after a crook broke out Heritage Bicycle’s window to steal a custom-made ride, the same shop has been burglarized again. This time, two burglars carried out the crime. And, unlike the first time, no one is in custody for Thursday’s break-in.

“Running a business ain't easy…But stuff like this just kills you,” Heritage said on its Facebook page.

Surveillance video shows two men outside the location at 2959 North Lincoln around 3:20 a.m. Suddenly, an enormous crash is heard as the front glass pane is broken and the two men reach in to steal the bikes.

One of the thieves hops on a bike and immediately crashes into a nearby dumpster before continuing on his way. The second thief preferred to run with his stolen bike even though most people find riding them to be a more efficient way of getting around.

Witnesses said the offenders were two black males, one of whom is very tall and wore a red hoodie with black leggings. They were last seen heading east in the alley next to Heritage and then westbound on Barry Avenue.
Back on May 19th, 46-year-old Ronald Hartley was charged with felony burglary after police said they caught him riding a stolen Heritage bike just minutes after a man was seen breaking through the store’s display window. Hartley has an alibi for Thursday's burglary: He was in the Cook County Jail.

Back on Facebook, Heritage asked their followers to give them a heads up if anyone tries to sell one of their unique retro-style bikes on the black market. The shop says their hand-crafted rides almost never get sold that way legitimately.

“We lost two great bikes tonight and another window, but we'll live to sell more with the help from all of our customers.”
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