AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police continue to search for thieves who have been stealing expensive bicycles. We first showed you the surveillance video last month of a man stealing bicycles from an east Austin garage.
So far, more than 100 bikes have been taken since last November, with a combined value of nearly $400,000. Police say this case has received a lot of attention but they’re still searching for the suspect(s) involved.
“We got a lot of response from people where they would post it on their Facebook pages. It got retweeted. Lance Armstrong retweeted it. TMZ contacted us. It was sent out nationally and we didn’t get anything,” Austin Police Department said Burglary Division Det. Evonne McGuire.
Police say once the video and the man’s picture was sent out, the bike thefts stopped for about a month. But they have since picked back up in the last couple of weeks with six or seven different burglaries.
While it appears the thieves are only targeting the expensive bikes, police are worried these cases could escalate.
“They’re [victims] asleep in their beds when someone is in their home and we’re concerned for people’s safety and this needs to stop,” said McGuire.
The only description authorities have of the suspect’s vehicle is that it’s a dark-colored SUV.
If you see him, police say call 9-1-1.