Fresno bike shops being targeted by thieves

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Thieves are targeting a bike shop in Downtown Fresno. (KFSN)

Thieves are targeting a bike shop in Downtown Fresno. It's been hit 3 times this month-- two bikes were stolen and several expensive windows were broken. Other shop owners in town have faced the same problem and it caused them to beef up security.

Tina Kutzbach has been selling bikes at Steven's Bicycles for 25 years and it's been a couple months since one was stolen, "It's been a while, I don't want to say anything to jinx it," she said.

She invested a lot of money into the shop to make sure thieves can't get in - cameras are always watching but it doesn't stop people from trying, "They got creative and brought blow torches and broke in next door and tried to get in through that wall."

There was a time when her business was an easy target. In 2013, one guy literally walked through the glass door. He took two $5,000 bikes and another guy pulled up right behind him to take a third bike. "It takes seconds," Kutzbach added, "they smash the window and they're gone and you never see them again."

Years later, the same thing is still happening but the new target Fulton Cycle Works, 9 miles away in Downtown Fresno. It's been hit three times since Valentine's Day. The owner, Darren Johnson said in an interview on Tuesday, "It's a huge expense and it's a huge drain on you mentally and emotionally."

As for where the bikes are going, Mike Eaton says some get parted out and others get sold on Craigslist for a fraction of what they're worth, "It's kind of insulting to what we do," said Mike Eaton who is a cyclist.

Back at Steven's Bicycles, Brent Kutzbach said, "You gotta make sure you're not vulnerable-- the police can't be everywhere."

He says the fight never ends. Still, he's willing to do whatever it takes to stay in business and he's hoping Johnson will also find a way. "Don't quit, secure the store, put up bars," Kutzbach said.
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