TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — Two juveniles are in jail accused of breaking into a warehouse in downtown Taylor and stealing dozens of skateboards and bicycles from a non-profit organization.
On Tuesday, the group Project LOOP, a non-profit that works with kids, posted on its Facebook page that more than 80 skateboards, several BMX bikes, helmets and other gear were stolen from their warehouse on West Second Street.
Commander Joseph Branson with the Taylor Police Department says detectives recovered three of the stolen bicycles Thursday afternoon from Buck’s Bikes Superstore in Round Rock. According to an employee of the store, the bicycles were brought in by familiar customers to trade in. The employee says the store does not buy bikes as a way to prevent buying stolen merchandise.
The skateboards were found at a home in Taylor Wednesday afternoon. Officers are still looking for more stolen equipment, including two dozen helmets and more bikes.
Commander Branson says you should always be wary of people trying to pass off stolen goods. “There are some items that are more commonly stolen than others, such as electronics and tools and things of that nature,” explains Branson. “Typically, if you’re presented with a high number of the same type of item, it might raise some suspicions.”
Austin police say there are things you can do now to help you get your bicycle back if it’s ever stolen. APD says you should register it with the department. To do that, you can contact the district representative for your area. Police also say you should keep a good description of your bike and the serial number on file.