When the story broke about thieves breaking into a commuter bike store in Toronto and stealing thousands of dollars worth of bikes, the owner was understandably shaken. His Black Bike Mini Bike, which sells to customers looking for something more distinctive than your average commuter bike, was apparently stolen by thugs. The store is now open, but the customers who placed orders with the shop feel deflated.
The story caught national attention, including a Canada’s National News story, The Toronto Star and the Toronto City News all running stories on the theft. Dozens of people shared their memories of the bikes and other experiences on social media. Stories of stolen bikes have raised the perception of transit riders as targets. This is often the reason I don’t post daily pictures of my own rides home.
On top of the heartbreak of losing the bikes, there was the suspicion that the cops were going to take the problem of transit riders who were victims of theft seriously. In many cases, it’s too soon to tell what has happened. In Toronto, police aren’t yet releasing much information about how they recovered the stolen bikes, but with investigators trying to prevent an already difficult summer with bike thefts, the general sense is the word may be slow to come out.
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