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    30 Haro demo bikes stolen

    Hey SoCal gang,

    Over the weekend (9/29-9/30), our trailer and rental Penske van were broken into while parked here at our Vista headquarters. About 30 used mountain bikes were stolen that were used at Interbike On Dirt Demo last week. Whatever dirt bags did this knew that there were bikes back there since our gates are locked. They also cherry picked, leaving a few single speed rigid 29ers behind.

    Anyhow, it's sort of pointless to give a complete list with sizes, but here's sort of the run down:

    4 Werx Sonix (crema color)
    1 Sonix LT (Grey)
    5 Sonix S (copper)
    4 Werx Xeons (Pearl White...2 have 650b wheels)
    4 Xeon S (Grey)
    3 Mary SS 29er (1 ginger, 1 lt blue, 1 green)
    5 Mary XC 29er (4 tangerine, 1 green)
    1 Thread One (green/black fade)
    1 Flightline Expert (cream color)
    1 alloy 29er hardtail prototype; black with green graphics, green RST M29 fork
    1 Masi CXR cross bike (my personal bike)

    If anyone has any information or sees Haro bikes listed anywhere, please let me know right away. Please spread the word. I can be reached via PM here, or at 800-289-4276.

    Thanks guys. This is a truly heartbreaking morning for us.

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    I think you should send this post to Gregg and Francois as an announcement of some sort.

    A theft of this scale needs to be announced more widely. Serial numbers, should you have them, should be thrown around and ebay and craigslist be put on watch.

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    can you also post this at socaltrailriders.org? also do you have any pics?

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    never mind, i already posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhilljill
    Whatever dirt bags did this knew that there were bikes back there since our gates are locked. They also cherry picked, leaving a few single speed rigid 29ers behind.
    Sounds like an "inside job", might want to have a look at suspicious employees.
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    Didn't this happen last year too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    Sounds like an "inside job", might want to have a look at suspicious employees.
    We actually have a little bit of a lead on this now...not an employee. If it pans out, I'll let everyone know. It will make for a good story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagaredama
    Didn't this happen last year too?
    We've had bikes stolen from our booth at Interbike for the past 3 years in a row. This is the first time they have hit us here at home.

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    Jill, I hope you guys nail the SOB(s)!
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    damn theives!

    Who does something like this? Terrible. I posted the news to some riding groups to keep their eyes and ears open. Was the loss insured?

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    I think this is a marketing ploy to get people to think that there bikes are so great that not only are they stolen but they are stolen every year!

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    Bummer about the bike theft, Jill.

    It's not horribly surprising that small quantities of bikes are stolen at Interbike. It's chaotic and you have many many people walking around with bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICPAYDIRT
    Who does something like this? Terrible. I posted the news to some riding groups to keep their eyes and ears open. Was the loss insured?
    Yes, insured. It still leaves us without demo bikes for a little while. We were planning on attending the Southridge/Fontana consumer demo day next weekend, but I don't think that's going to happen now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richwolf
    I think this is a marketing ploy to get people to think that there bikes are so great that not only are they stolen but they are stolen every year!
    LOL! I wish that was the case! It would be a really expensive ploy...it was about $70K at retail. Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhilljill
    LOL! I wish that was the case! It would be a really expensive ploy...it was about $70K at retail. Ouch!
    I hope you don't pay retail

    Obviously they're going to try to sell them. Watch Craigslist (all of them you can) and eBay.
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    I still can't believe the number of bikes stolen. It seems unreal and as if this was a cased out job.

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    Lets see van and rental rig broken into in LA, yawn is this news or another insurance claim? Go for the claim running after shadows just is not productive, good luck!

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    homer's

    I can see it now ill trade you 30 haro's for one turner. let us know if you get the perps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhilljill
    We've had bikes stolen from our booth at Interbike for the past 3 years in a row. This is the first time they have hit us here at home.
    Bummer. I hope you catch the thieves.

    But even if you do, think about whether it could happen again. Word gets around, and other unsavory folks probably know where you are. I live not too far from a computer hardware company that had repeated theft incidents from their loading dock until they implemented a series of security upgrades.

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    Related Incident?

    September 18, 2007
    Coronado pursuit ends at border

    Coronado police pursued a van across the bay bridge and south on Interstate 5 nearly to the border, where the driver was arrested and the van was found full of bicycles Tuesday night.

    A resident asked police to check on the van at Third Street and Palm Avenue, a Coronado police dispatcher said. The driver did not pull over for an officer and a pursuit began at 11:16 p.m.

    The van headed east on the San Diego Coronado Bridge, then south on I-5 to the last exit before crossing into Mexico. Police had spike strips ready, but it wasn't clear if that's what stopped the van. The driver was taken into custody about 11:30 p.m.

    A police dispatcher said the van was full of bikes and that the city has had several recent reports of stolen bicycles.

    http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/new..._at_borde.html
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    WOW, again! Whats in those Haro bikes that make dirtbags want to peel them three years in a row and now at the headquarters? I say use this whole episode in your next marketing campaign.
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    New marketing campaign: "Ride it like you stole it".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    September 18, 2007
    Coronado pursuit ends at border

    Coronado police pursued a van across the bay bridge and south on Interstate 5 nearly to the border, where the driver was arrested and the van was found full of bicycles Tuesday night.

    A resident asked police to check on the van at Third Street and Palm Avenue, a Coronado police dispatcher said. The driver did not pull over for an officer and a pursuit began at 11:16 p.m.

    The van headed east on the San Diego Coronado Bridge, then south on I-5 to the last exit before crossing into Mexico. Police had spike strips ready, but it wasn't clear if that's what stopped the van. The driver was taken into custody about 11:30 p.m.

    A police dispatcher said the van was full of bikes and that the city has had several recent reports of stolen bicycles.

    http://weblog.signonsandiego.com/new..._at_borde.html
    Hmmm so any word on if this was the load of bikes in question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    Hmmm so any word on if this was the load of bikes in question?
    It happened before the theft.

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    Yep! Yesterday was a good day! We're keeping our fingers crossed the rest turn up when the dirt bags start talking.

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    That's great news Jill!


    By Kristina Davis
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    8:29 p.m. November 29, 2007

    Two men suspected of stealing a trailer load of high-end mountain bikes, worth nearly $50,000, from a Vista bicycle shop were arrested in a raid Thursday.

    One of the new demo bikes was found at the suspects' home on Mar Vista Drive, and eight were recovered from a storage unit – leaving 21 bikes unaccounted for.

    Sheriff's detectives serving the search warrant on the home also discovered signs of a small methamphetamine lab and arrested three other people living there on suspicion of manufacturing the drug, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    The investigation began Oct. 1, when employees at Haro Bicycles on Avenida Chelsea reported that 30 demo bikes had been stolen from a storage trailer outside their business.

    The investigation led detectives to the home on Mar Vista Drive and two storage lockers at Emerald at 78 Storage on Huff Street, where some of the stolen bikes had been stashed.

    “(The suspects) knew it was too hot to move or sell (the bikes) because there was a reward out,” said Vista sheriff's Detective Jason Vickery. “They were storing them until they felt they could get rid of them.”

    The two suspects, 38 and 46, were jailed on theft and drug-manufacturing charges.

    Kristina Davis: (760) 476-8233; kristina.davis@uniontrib.com
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    Figures it was tweakers! Glad they found 'em. I've ridden with some of the Haro crew before, good folks.

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    Wow, that's really good news. Not just because the bikes were stolen but two manufacturing tweekers were taken off the street.

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    LOUSY DIRTY METH-HEADS! Hang 'em by their nuts.
    If not biking, then what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhilljill
    Yep! Yesterday was a good day! We're keeping our fingers crossed the rest turn up when the dirt bags start talking.
    Is it allowable to waterboard bike thieves?

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    Are they connected with the last batch you had stolen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outside!
    Is it allowable to waterboard bike thieves?
    Not if they've only stolen Haro
    To the troll mobile, away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by uno-speedo
    Are they connected with the last batch you had stolen?
    Not the ones we actually had stolen at Interbike a couple years ago. This is from the batch that was stolen a couple of months ago right after Interbike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by California L33
    Not if they've only stolen Haro
    And the brand matters in a case like this?

    It could be 30 Wal-Mart bikes or 30 Litespeeds...bike thieves suck.

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    Jill,
    Did you recover the rest of them yet?
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    A good ending all round... Bike thieves SUCK ! .........

    Putting there nads in a vat of hot marmalade would do the trick.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Jill,
    Did you recover the rest of them yet?
    Not yet. The sheriffs are still working on the case. Keeping fingers crossed!

    One of my personal bikes was in the bunch that was stolen and that was one of the ones that was recovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTP
    LOUSY DIRTY METH-HEADS! Hang 'em by their nuts.

    Can't do that, they actually like that........

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    Quote Originally Posted by California L33
    Not if they've only stolen Haro


    I don't "get" this attitude.

    OK. Moving on. I hate tweekers. So nice to hear that many bikes were recovered. Great news about your personal bike. My wife says she lives in fear of my bike being stolen. I've worked so hard to build it and all the time and money involved is unsurmountable.

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    Here's a more detailed article:

    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007...5311_29_07.txt

    Not a meth lab, but yes, tweekers. Since there was an 18 yr old involved in Vista, I asked my son to let me know if he hears of anyone trying to sell Haro mountain bike at the high school...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldDogDan
    Here's a more detailed article:...
    ...with some great John-Q commentary!

    Yuppie Bikes.... wrote on Nov 30, 2007 5:37 PM:
    " back in the day we didn't have expensive bikes like that. We put our bikes together from spare parts at the junkyard. And they were good bikes. We used to peddle down to TJ once a year to buy firewroks and dirty magazines. Nowdays people want to have expensive things just for the sake of conspicuous consumption. Ypuuies drive SUV's and never leave the pavement, ride $4000 bikes around the park, live in expensive houses that aren't worth squat. We need more old timey values like we used to have. "


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    Here's a video: http://www.nctimes.com/movie/hotbikes1107/viewer.html
    First time I've seen Jill "sans-helmet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Peru


    I don't "get" this attitude.

    OK. Moving on. I hate tweekers. So nice to hear that many bikes were recovered. Great news about your personal bike. My wife says she lives in fear of my bike being stolen. I've worked so hard to build it and all the time and money involved is unsurmountable.
    It's not an attitude. It's a joke. Maybe my smiley wasn't big enough. Let me try again

    (I almost bought a Haro once- very nice bikes).
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    <i>"......Detectives also found a significant quantity of copper wiring and pipes that Vickery said may have been stolen for its recycle value....."</i>

    If that doesn't scream tweaker I don't know what does.

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    Great news Jill, I hope they hang em high. Unfortunately with todays legal system they will probably get a slap on the wrist.

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    ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    Lets see van and rental rig broken into in LA, yawn is this news or another insurance claim? Go for the claim running after shadows just is not productive, good luck!
    Huh.... You must not travel to So. Cal much... The Haro headquaters are about 2 hours south of L.A. Not too many tall buildings and crowded streets around them. I promise... YOU are even safe around there.

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    Word! That's awesome.
    We recently got one of our stolen bikes back too. Glad to hear that bike justice is finally getting served all over!

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    When i worked @ Levitz this kind of shenanigans happened a lot, and guess who was responsible for the thefts? the warehouse employees. they know exactly how easy or hard it would be to steel company product. they dont get paid that much workin in a warehouse so why not risk a little extra cash. And how the hell did they get 30 bikes out unless they planned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBigglesworth69
    When i worked @ Levitz this kind of shenanigans happened a lot, and guess who was responsible for the thefts? the warehouse employees.
    I would guess by this stage of the recovery, they ought to have an idea of whether is was employee-related.
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