Oak Cliff Bicycle Company Stops a Bike Theft
December 8, 2010 § 22 Comments
(Ean Parsons and Jeremy Ordaz)
UPDATE: Thanks to the BFOC Community, one of the perpetrators has been identified in the comments section!
Owners of the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, Jeremy Ordaz and Ean Parsons, foiled a recent bike theft in North Oak Cliff after two men walked into the store purporting to have a bicycle owned by their “grandfather” that they were attempting to sell. The men had called the store first and asked if they “ID’d” bikes that were brought in. “I knew something was off when we got the call, so I just told them to bring it up so we could look at it”, recalled Ean. Upon entering the shop, Jeremy and Ean instantly recognized the bike as one owned by a nine year old boy who is a regular at the store. Ean immediately took possession of the bike, while Jeremy followed the men out of the store, grabbing the following phone pics as they left:
The bike had been locked up at an elementary school playground in the King’s Highway neighborhood over a weekend which was fenced in and closed, so beyond stealing, the two may also be at fault for breaking and entering. Within the same week, a laptop and second bicycle have been reported stolen from the area, which means these two could be involved with more neighborhood thefts, so keep a lookout for them and if you know their names, addresses, or facebook/myspace profile, feel free to post in the comments.
(9 Year Old, Asher, with his bike…a Christmas present from 2009)
Kudos to Jeremy and Ean for stopping a couple of would-be thieves. This is another example of why we should all support our local bike shops (or any local business)…they know the community personally, they act as an extra pair of “eyes on the street” that keep the community safe, they’re passionate about their products and services, and beyond a simple financial reason…they care. It’s something you don’t find in a big box retailer or chain, and in fact, in communities that only have the latter, there’s a void of character and/or personal connections with a place.
So please, shop local this Christmas…and if you need a bike, you know where to go!